Yeomans Canyon returns to Irizar for new i6 Integral

Yeomans Canyon returns to Irizar for new i6 Integral

Yeomans Canyon returns to Irizar for new i6 Integral

Hereford coach operator Yeomans Canyon Travel has added an Irizar i6 Integral to its fleet of touring coaches. The 12.9-metre, two-axle, 53-seater will be used on the operator’s own programme of UK tours and holidays, and for up-market private hires.

Ian Davies, operations manager at the company, said all its recent touring coach acquisitions had been Irizar: first chassis-built, and then Integrals:”We have chosen Irizar again as they have a great presence on the road and have eye-catching features, as well as a fantastic interior that can really be detailed to our own requirements,” he explained.

“The customers who travel on our tours say they feel an air of quality about these coaches, and enjoy the quality of the ride and the lovely spacious interior.”

Yeomans’ latest Irizar Integral i6 features luxurious i6plus seating incorporating seat-back tables, multi-position footrests and USB charging points. There is a central sunken toilet and a drinks machine. On-board entertainment is provided by an Actia DVD player and Bosch audio system, and the driver’s area, aisle and rear floor area are carpeted. Restful green interior lighting illuminates the saloon.

Externally, Yeomans has specified extra-tint windows, anti-chip vinyl, and rear side-marker lights.

The i6 Integral is powered by an advanced DAF MX-11 271 369 hp engine driving through a ZF EcoLife automatic transmission. It is maintained in-house by Yeomans’ own irtec-qualified technicians.

Mr Davies added: “We have a great team of qualified technicians, backed by Irizar (UK)’s sales and aftersales, who are always in touch to confirm everything is OK. With our local DAF dealership only a few miles away, engineering assistance is easily on hand should we need it.”

Yeomans Canyon can trace its roots in the country of Herefordshire back to 1920, when H H Yeomans of Canon Pyon started to take passengers into town for the Wednesday market using a cider lorry. By 1931, the company was operating 19 stage routes. Today it operates a mix of contracted and commercial services, schools and local contracts, and runs 29 National Express journeys to London each week.

Current fleet strength is 56, and the ABTA-bonded company operates from purpose-built premises that were opened in 2008.

The new Irizar i6 Integral is likely to remain on the fleet for its entire life. Mr Davies said: “We tend to keep our coaches, and eventually cascade them down through the fleet from front-line tours to other work.”