Shades of grey are the future, says Ely operator

Shades of grey are the future, says Ely operator


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Greys of Ely liked the i6 Integral it bought from Irizar UK in 2014 so much, it has added another to its front-line fleet.

The Cambridgeshire operator has carefully specified the interior with the aim of appealing to a younger generation: “Children and young adults boarding the coach often say ‘wow’ and have said the coach is futuristic; the last thing we’d want is to present them with a new coach with echoes of the old school bus,” says Managing Director Richard Grey.

The 57-seat, 12.9-metre two-axle i6 has been fitted with seats which have a flat-weave upholstery coupled with iLeather, with the deliberate aim of mimicking the interior colours and luxury of high-end cars such as Mercedes and Audi, said Richard.

“Let’s face it, nobody builds quality cars with garish coloured seats; it’s all muted greys and blacks. We believe that’s the way to appeal to passengers.”

Greys has an extensive operation with 30 vehicles, around 15 in the front-line fleet. It runs the full range of work, including battlefield tours, corporate and private hire and schools work. The new coach will be on its high-end work.

Caption: Steve O’Neill, Director of Irizar UK, (left) hands over the keys to the i6 Integral to Greys of Ely Managing Director, Richard Grey