Fife man launches UK's first sleeper mini-coach

The sleeper mini-coach.The sleeper mini-coach.
The sleeper mini-coach.
A Fife entrepreneur has developed the UK's first sleeper mini-coach, which could transform overnight travel for groups of holidaymakers, as well as tour bands and university and school trips.

Alan Aim, a former tour guide who runs Cowdenbeath-based coach hire company Travel by Knight, has had the vehicle custom-built to include 12 sleeping berths for long-distance journeys.

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516 conversion made its debut journey from Aberdeen to Edinburgh’s Sleep in the Park on Saturday – transporting two groups of fundraisers who collectively raised more than £6000 to help end homelessness in Scotland.

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It is fitted with multiple sockets and charging points, as well as a microwave and other mod cons including air conditioning. The mini-coach even offers its guests breakfast, including bottles of juice and water, as well as toiletries, in the morning to help them freshen up.

The coach even has a trailer.The coach even has a trailer.
The coach even has a trailer.

It can sleep up to 12 people, pull a trailer full of luggage or music equipment, and offers travellers the option to combine travel and accommodation costs, as well as ‘Save their Day with Travel by Knight’.

Alan said: “The latest addition to our fleet is a mini-coach with a difference. It’s fitted with 12 berths, each designed in a ‘reclining’ position instead of flat, so that more can be fitted in. Each berth has draw curtains, a magazine rack, a reading light, and a mobile phone USB charger port.

“Travel by Knight only offers private hires, which are ideal for small groups looking to travel long-distance in the UK overnight. We can offer a great alternative to spending spend six to 10 hours a day on the coach travelling, as well as many other transport and accommodation arrangements.

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“The ultimate goal is to have a network of sleeper buses, connecting Glasgow all the way to Beijing – a sort of Trans-Siberian journey, but on tyres.

“Our intrepid fundraisers only got about 20 minutes sleep all night in minus six conditions and were grateful for a warm berth and two hours kip on the road back to Aberdeen.”