Johnson Bros goes for two more
Two more i6 Integrals have started duties
in the Johnson Bros Tours fleet. The Worksop-based operator has been running two similar vehicles, bought from Irizar UK Coach Sales, for a season and says its decision to buy again has been based on the performance of the DAF-engined coach.
The very highly specified i6 Integrals are two-axle, 12.9-metre coaches with 55 seats and 57 seats. Each has Johnson Bros. distinctive air horns and marker lights, a driver bunk, all-round CCTV cameras, alloy wheels and factory-fitted satellite navigation. One will be working for one of Johnsons’ partnering tour operators, Travelstyle of Chesterfield.
“If these perform as well as the previous two, we’ll be looking at Irizar UK again in Autumn,” said Lee Johnson, Director of Johnson Bros. Tours. “The driver reaction to them is very good, and I love the styling, which seems better thought through than other coaches, with nice, flowing lines.”
Lee said his company has nothing against the standard auto-shift AS-Tronic gearbox but his company has always preferred traditional automatics: “I’m sure the fuel economy is slightly better with an AS-Tronic-shift gearbox but we’re getting well into double-figures of mpg from our ZF Ecolife, which is fine.”
Johns Bros. runs around 100 vehicles including those of subsidiary Redfern Travel, at nearby Mansfield Woodhouse. It offers the full range of coach services, including private hire, and runs its own, extensive tour programme.