Golden Boy order shifts emphasis to Irizar Integrals
Golden Boy Coaches has ordered a further four Irizar Integral coaches, including its first i8, as it upgrades its fleet to Euro 6.
The Hertfordshire-based operator, which has substantial work in London, will soon have nine Irizar Integral coaches – half of the full-size coaches in the fleet. Golden Boy already has an average fleet age of around 3 ½ years, but aims to ensure it can meet new emissions targets, set to exclude Euro 5 coaches from the capital in 2019.
The four coaches on order include two i6 Integrals – a 38-seat 10.8-metre midicoach and a 12.9-metre two-axle – a 70-seat i4 Integral and the 53-seat, 13.2-metre tri-axle i8 Integral: “All the vehicles are part of our accelerated fleet replacement programme which will be concluded in the next four to five years,” said Joint Managing Director, Geraldine McIntyre.
“The i4 is aimed at our schools work but the i6 and i8 coaches will do everything else, including schools work. For our tour work, we favour heavyweight coaches, and the i8 Integral was a perfect replacement for the heavyweight tri-axle coaches we have used for the last 20 years.”
The i8 and i6 Integrals have DAF’s MX series engine and a ZF AS-Tronic gearbox, the i4 Integral with MX engine and ZF Ecolife fully automatic gearbox. The vehicles will be delivered within the next six months, liveried in Golden Boy’s distinctive black, red and gold at the Irizar factory in Spain. They will be part of the Hoddensdon company’s fleet of just under 40 vehicles.