NEW stops on a new coach are part of a re-launch for a Taunton-based coach company.

Services from Berrys Coaches hit the road again on August 1, and the re-opening was accompanied by several announcements.

Berrys has welcomed a new luxury double-decker coach, purchased for the London Superfast Service.

The new 47.5ft vehicle, a British-made Plaxton Panorama, has the latest environmentally-friendly engine, allowing the vehicle to be used in many cities such as London and Bristol which enforce low emission zones to cut pollution.

The new double-decker is also fitted with executive seating, free WiFi, USB and wireless charging points and 31 inches of legroom.

Stuart Berry, managing director, said: “The new 20-plate Plaxton Panorama is a long-term investment for Berrys Coaches and will be a key vehicle for us as we rebuild out of the coronavirus crisis.

"It’s great to see so many of our customer returning to coach travel and staying loyal to our family firm.

"As a team, we are thrilled to be back on the road and serving our loyal customers again."

Meanwhile, due to high demand from customers, the firm has also added two additional pickup locations for the London Superfast Service.

Travellers will now be able to join the service in Wells and Amesbury.

"We’ve been wanting to include Wells and Amesbury and now due to popular demand, we’ve been able to add to our SF3 route," Mr Berry added.

"It’s clear from our customers that they are eager to travel to London and return to the ‘new normal’ since the ease of lockdown restrictions.

"With London tourist attractions reopening, there is so much to see and do in our capital city.

"We have put in place extensive safety measurements, and are confident that our customers will be happy and safe on board all of our vehicles.”

Berrys has put in place extensive Covid-Secure measures and have recently announced that they have received their 'We’re Good To Go' certificate, which recognises companies have followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, including processes to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.