We are delighted to announce that Edwards Coaches of Pontypridd, South Wales will be joining the prestigious line up of coach operators that we offer on the coachholidays.com website.
The Edwards family has operated buses and coaches in South Wales since 1925 and during the following 20 years or so, the company’s main source of income was the “local bus service” into the market town of Pontypridd. Later on as the near-by Treforest Industrial Estate expanded, many factory workers were transported to & from work and also during the Second World War, to the munitions factory at Bridgend
The 50’s and 60’s brought new ambitions for Edwards and indeed its clients. Their luxury coaches boasted a heater and radio, picking up clients from all over the South Wales Valleys and transporting them to popular UK destinations, such as Bath, Blackpool, London and Stratford. During the early 60’s, tours were organised as far afield as Austria, Belgium and Paris.
Since those early days, the company has expanded and diversified progressively, acquiring several smaller local firms. Presently, they operate a fleet of over 100 buses and coaches from their head office just outside Pontypridd and employ 150 local inhabitants. Last year, they also carried over 5,000 students to school each day and provided over 50,000 clients with their own customised, value for money package holidays.
They are also very proud and honoured to be chosen as the company to transport the Welsh Rugby team to training sessions and matches in Cardiff, which ultimately led to the well-earned Grand Slam successes during 2005 & 2008. They also transport the national rugby teams of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Fiji for the Autumn Tests in addition to providing transport for the 2007 Rugby World Cup and the 2008 Junior World Cup teams.
Unlike some other coach tour operators, Edwards Coaches are very aware that by owning and operating their own fleet of coaches, they not only have total control over the condition of the coach in which their customers travel, but also the attitude and competence of the driver, who plays a very important part in the success of the holiday.
The company has recently increased and renewed their holiday coach fleet, investing over 2 million pounds in the last two years on brand new, executive coaches. These new executive style coaches are manufactured to a common specification and are all fitted with air-conditioning, reclining seats, toilet/wash room, CD, VHS/DVD players, satellite navigation etc, and with a maximum of 49 seats providing adequate leg room.
They have also been awarded a number of prestigious accolades at the UK Brighton Coach Rally over the years: ‘Welsh Coach of the Year’ 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008, ‘UK Coach of the Year’ 2007, ‘Setra Coach of the Year (Manufacturer)’ 2007, ‘Peter Rogers Memorial Cup’ (highest placed CPT member in all categories) 2007, ‘Best Co-ordinated Coach Interior’ 2005.
Fully bonded under the Confederation of Passenger Transport CPT Bonded Coach Holiday Scheme and with their own ATOL licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority customers can relax in the knowledge that their holiday is fully protected.
They also hold the much acclaimed CoachMarque which is the quality standard of the CPT.
They do not profess to offer the cheapest holidays, although you will find that their rates are very competitive compared to other companies, however they focus on quality and constantly strive to create the perfect holiday for their passengers, from the highest quality to the best value, from city cultures to scenic spectaculars. New hotels, itineraries and destinations are continually being added to their tour programme, ensuring that the holidays are always fresh and up to date.
The 2008 UK & European holiday brochure is their largest yet – 130 full colour pages featuring new destinations as well as the ever-popular favorites. They offer approximately 300 local pick-up points as well as door to door pick up’s on some of our longer European tours including exciting new destinations to Eastern Europe featuring Zakopane in Poland, Berlin and Dresden plus Prague.
If you don’t live in South Wales and feel that you may be missing out on the opportunity to experience one of their tours do not despair. We are working closely with Edwards to ensure that they can offer departures along the route for example, Reading and Dover on their continental Coach Holidays as well as various other departures to join the Edwards tour coach in your chosen destination.
Coachholidays.com are very excited to have struck this pot of gold in the hillsides and valleys of South Wales and once you have had the chance to tour with them we are sure that you will share our excitement.