McGill’s Buses has extended its 19-year relationship with Michelin, signing a new Effitires contract with the Michelin Services and Solutions team to cover its entire fleet of single and double deck buses.
At the end of last year McGill’s acquired Xplore Dundee from National Express, making it the UK’s largest independent bus operator – running 650 vehicles from depots across Scotland and employing 1,200 members of staff.
Michelin has been supplying and managing the business’s tyres since 2002.
A major part in securing the Effitires deal was the two companies’ shared commitment to sustainable mobility.
All tyres fitted to McGill’s vehicles will be carefully managed through a multi-life policy with Michelin’s skilled technicians regrooving worn tyres on site once the tread depth reaches 3-4mm, helping to extend each tyre’s life in its most fuel-efficient state.
Once the regrooved tyres have worn, they will be retreaded at the Michelin Remix plant in Stoke – a process which saves natural resources, doubles the Michelin casing lifespan and supports UK manufacturing.
Michelin will fit predominantly urban bus tyres across the fleet, with all Michelin X InCity HL Z fitments featuring reinforced sidewalls to protect against kerbing and accidental damage, which helps reduce wheel interventions and downtime. The latest generation Michelin X Multi Z & D tyres will be fitted on some of the smaller single deck buses.