The Oxford Bus Company, part of the Go Ahead Group, has outsourced the cleaning, shunting and fuelling services of its buses and coaches for the first time in its history, awarding a 3-year contract to Cordant Cleaning, part of Cordant Group. It builds on the 15 year relationship between the two Groups that has seen Cordant Cleaning take responsibility for all of Go Ahead London’s bus operations covering 2,500 vehicles at 18 locations.
Under the terms of the deal Cordant Cleaning will operate from the main garage in Cowley, Oxford and be responsible for over 160 vehicles. This will include vehicle cleaning, checking oil and fluid levels and parking the vehicles as well as cleaning the premises.
Oxford Bus Company services the width and breadth of Oxford, as well as providing a frequent service transporting passengers to London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. As a result the majority of the buses are constantly in operation and ensuring that each vehicle receives a daily standard clean alongside regular deep cleans requires precise scheduling and efficiency.
Paul Hennigan, head of operations at The Oxford Bus Company, said: “Having seen the success The Go Ahead Group have had with outsourcing these services to Cordant Cleaning we knew it would be the best solution for our company. Cordant Cleaning’s experience in the transport industry makes us confident that we will enjoy the benefits of reduced management time and increased cleaning standards as a result of this transfer.”
Guy Pakenham, managing director at Cordant Cleaning, said: “We now service more than half of London’s buses and understand the challenges these operations face. This contract with Oxford Bus Company continues the extension of our transport portfolio outside of London and will deliver cleaning improvements and a dedicated focus on the cleaning and ancillary services for Oxford Bus Company.”