Customer preference drives Barnes Coaches to choose more Irizar Integrals
Passenger appeal has led Barnes Coaches of Swindon to choose a pair of Irizar i6 Integrals to replace older vehicles from another manufacturer on its 36-strong full-size coach fleet.
The two Integrals: a 12.9-metre two-axle and a 14-mtre tri-axle; will be used on a wide variety of the company’s work, ranging from local runs to extended European tours.
Barnes Coaches can trace its roots back over 100 years, to when the family started a horse-and-cart general carrier business taking passengers and parcels to and from the local railway station. It is now in its fourth generation, and is run by brothers Matt and Luke Barnes.
“We run a mixed fleet and have three different coach suppliers, so as to not have all our eggs in one basket,” Luke explains. “However, we find the Irizar Integral is a firm favourite with our customers: there’s no doubt that passengers prefer Irizars.”
Barnes Coaches took its first new Irizar Integral back in 2015.
The new two-axle Irizar Integral coach features DAF’s advanced MX-11 271 369 hp engine driving through a sophisticated ZF EcoLife transmission. It has 53 i6 seats, featuring seat-back tables and magazine racks. There is a central sunken toilet and an integrated vacuum cleaner to suit its role as a continental tourer.
Other amenities include leather seats for driver and courier, a drinks machine, and Bosch audio and Actia DVD systems. The coach was supplied from the factory pre-wired for CCTV, and wood effect flooring adds the final touch of class to the saloon interior.
Its three-axle stablemate is of similar spec, but seats 61 passengers and features the more powerful DAF MX-11 320 435 hp engine.
Barnes Coaches maintains the coaches in-house, with assistance when needed from Irizar (UK)’s mobile engineers.