Longmynd Travel expands with new Irizar Integral
Longmynd Travel Ltd of Shewsbury has put its first Irizar Integral coach into service with its 22-strong fleet.
The 12.9 metre, i6 Integral was chosen because it can accommodate 57 seats plus a toilet on two axles, and also because of the excellent relationship which the operator enjoys with Irizar salesman Stuart Smithson.
Longmynd Travel was established in 1973 by the parents of current director Val Sheppard, who now runs the company with her husband Mark. Their son is also involved with the company, taking it into the third generation. A wide range of coaching services are offered by the company, which operates third-party tours as well as private hire and contracted services, using vehicles with seating capacities ranging from 16 to 70 seats.
The i6 Integral is powered by an economical DAF MX-11 271 369 hp engine driving a ZF AS-Tronic automated manual transmission.
Managing director Mark Sheppard says: “Both the AMT and fully-automatic transmissions have their strong-points, but the AMT makes it a bit more of a driver’s coach because the drive can retain control over the gear selected. We have the same driver in the i6 Integral most of the time, and the coach does a mixture of tours and private-hire work.”
Its 57 i6 seats have seat-back tables, and the driver and guide seats are upholstered in leather. The driver’s area, aisle and the rear of the saloon are carpeted, the coach has Bosch audio and Actia video systems installed, and there is a drinks machine and a central sunken toilet.
Other features include a reversing camera and extra-tinted windows.
Mark Sheppard adds: “The Irizar Integral coach really stands out in our livery.
“We do most of our maintenance in-house, and the Irizar has been very good in that respect.
“With only 22 coaches, we can’t afford unscheduled downtime. We’ve found the customer support from Irizar to be very good, both from a sales and service point of view.”
The coach is expected to remain on the Longmynd Travel fleet for between five and 10 years.