Coach operators boost passenger appeal with new vehicles26 May 2015

PC Coaches and Barnes Coaches are both reporting positive passenger feedback, with their respective purchases of Optare and Irizar vehicles.

Lincoln-based PC Coaches has extended its fleet with one MetroCity and two Solo coaches, both by Optare.

Mark Andrews, engineering director, says the Optare vehicles are a hit with passengers and drivers, adding: "The vehicles are delivering excellent fuel economy and have proven to be extremely reliable and easy to maintain."

Swindon-based Barnes Coaches, meanwhile, has acquired its first Irizar i6 Integral, a 12.9m, 53-seater (pictured).

The vehicle has been in operation for a month, and is already popular with passengers and its driver, reports director Luke Barnes.

A key attraction for him, he adds, was the DAF engine, favoured by his engineers. "We limit ourselves to two manufacturers' engines, one of which is currently offering us limited choice of bodywork.

"The i6 Integral was one of the DAF choices, so we thought we'd give the coach a try," says Barnes.

Laura Cork

Related Companies
Irizar UK Ltd
Optare plc

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