Barry’s Coaches’ fleet refreshed by arrival of two new Irizar i6 Integrals
Weymouth operator Barry’s Coaches has just taken delivery of two new Irizar i6 Integral 57-seat coaches as part of a planned fleet renewal programme.
Barry’s Coaches grew out of a taxi operation in the 1960s, and made its move into coaching when it won a contract to transport extras and crew to locations in Dorset for the filming of Far From the Madding Crowd in 1967.
The company now runs a fleet of 25 coaches, doing a wide variety of work ranging from schools’ contracts and private hire to day trips and extended tours in the UK and abroad.
Managing director and fleet engineer Graham Newsam explains that the new Irizar Integrals have been chosen primarily for the European work.
The 12.9-meter two-axles are of identical spec, and feature central sunken toilets, seat-back tables, and wall-mounted USB charging-points. Actia video and Bosch audio systems are installed. There is carpeting to the rear, in the aisle, and in the driver’s areas.
Advanced DAF MX-11 320 engines of 435 hp output drive through sophisticated ZF EcoLife six-speed automatic transmissions, which are fitted with Intarder secondary brake systems for extra braking capacity.
Other safety features include reversing and forward-facing cameras, and three-point passenger seat belts.
“We have a high representation of Irizar coaches on our fleet, and are moving towards the DAF-engined Integral product,” says Graham.
“We like the very high standard of comfort and finish provided by Irizar: and the Irizar product as delivered meets our own fleet standards. The Irizar coaches are also very popular with our passengers.
“Our vehicles are all maintained in-house, and the Irizar Integrals are very easy to work on. Local back-up for DAF is also very good: we are close to a DAF agent.”
The coaches are expected to remain on the fleet for at least four years, and were supplied by Irizar (UK).