Perryman’s takes final Cheetah

Perryman’s  takes final Cheetah Perryman’s takes final Cheetah
Perryman’s Buses has taken the final Vario-based Cheetah to come off the production line, bringing an end to a 30-year chapter for the model at Plaxton. The 29-seat vehicle was collected in person by Perryman’s managing director Roddy Perryman. It is the 14th new vehicle this year to join the company’s 42-strong fleet.

“We have a long standing relationship with Plaxton, and Cheetah has been a key part of that,” says Perryman.

“We have operated all three variants of it and a number of Beavers before that. They have proved to be very versatile and capable vehicles, ideally suited to the multi-use operation our coaches are required for.

“We’re naturally keen to see how the next generation of small Plaxton develops but based on what we’ve seen so far, it’s very much a worthy successor.”

Perryman’s was established with one minibus in Eyemouth in 1973 by Roddy’s father, Richard. The business has grown substantially and now operates from two depots in Berwick Upon Tweed and St Boswells. As well as providing bus services across the Borders and north Northumberland, it also has a coach fleet including the contract for Berwick Rangers FC – the only football team located in England to play in the Scottish Football League.

Plaxton has recently announced that it plans to replace the Vario-based Cheetah with a new model built on the Mercedes Benz Atego chassis - see News story.

It is not yet clear whether the new small coach from Plaxton will carry the Cheetah brand, or if it will appear under a new model name when it arrives for the 2015 season. Plaxton's statement about the Perryman's handover refers to "the last of the line as Cheetah bows out," suggesting that a rebrand may be more likely.