SM UK secures contact for Arriva’s coach division

SM UK secures contact for Arriva’s coach division
Jason Chesman, Tom Fenton, Chris Walton and Steve MacDonald at SM UK’s Leeds workshop

SM UK, an auto engineering and vehicle safety specialist based in Leeds, has secured a contract to fit out and modernise a five-strong fleet of service engineering vans for the coach sales arm of Arriva.

Based in Cleckheaton, Arriva Bus and Coach provides coaches for travel operators and other clients across the UK. Its fleet of service vans enable its field technicians to carry out essential maintenance work at Arriva customers’ own premises across the country.

The fit-out, completed on three of the five vehicles so far at SM UK’s new £2 million vehicle conversion centre in Leeds, has seen state-of-the-art storage racking systems installed on the Arriva vans, as well as high-tech work stations and new lighting systems that enable engineers to work on vehicles in low-light conditions.

Nigel Clarke, head of aftersales and operations at Arriva Bus and Coach, said the fit out of the vans had hugely improved the effectiveness of the firm’s mobile technician team.

“The storage systems and technology that SM UK have installed for us have been a game changer,” he said.

“The entire system is bespoke to us and it means that parts and equipment are easily accessible, do not get mixed up and are stored safely, all of which increases efficiency.”

Steve MacDonald, MD of SM UK, added: “Modern high-tech storage systems for vans are proving really transformative for our clients across a wide range of sector, creating safe, efficient storage and much safer and more ergonomic working conditions for operators.

“The systems, which we fit from our large and well equipped Leeds vehicle conversion centre, are currently in high demand as firms look to update and improve the safety and efficiency of their fleets.”