Four i6 coaches for City Circle

ImageHayes, Middlesex based City Circle UK Ltd has added four 10.8m Scania Irizar i6 coaches to its fleet. Based on the Scania 360hp K360 EB4x2 chassis, they each have 36 seats, a rear floor mounted washroom, a servery unit, two fridges, a DVD player, two monitors, a satellite navigation system and a reversing camera.

The coaches were supplied by Scania (Great Britain) Ltd.


Unvi Vega for Woods

ImageImageWoods of Tillicoultry has taken delivery of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516CDi based Unvi Vega GT. The vehicle’s bespoke specification includes eight Politecnica Trans Europe Express leather seats (but it can be up-seated to 12 if required), a Diavia air conditioning system, a fridge and a Bosch entertainment package.

The minicoach was supplied by Coachtraders.

Allenby takes Soroco and Toro

ImageAllenby Coach Hire of Warlington, Surrey, has taken a Mercedes-Benz 516CDi based Soroco and a Toro T2 based on the Mercedes-Benz Vario 816 base. The Soroco has 16 high back reclining seats, an air conditioning system, a six-speed transmission and a power door. The Toro T2 has 28 high back seats plus a courier’s position, as well as an air conditioning system and a power door. The vehicles were supplied by Connaught PSV.

First independent for 11.7m Versa

ImageNewbury & District is the first independent operator to take delivery of the 11.7m Optare Versa. The single decker is powered by a 6.7litre six-cylinder Cummins ISBe Euro5 201bhp engine coupled with an Allison 2100 Series five-speed fully automatic transmission, as well as 44 seats and a manual fold out ramp.

The vehicle was supplied directly by Optare.

First DAF Integral i6 for Grey’s

ImageGrey’s of Ely has taken delivery of its first Irizar Integral i6 coach. The 12.9m vehicle is equipped with a DAF PR265 360bhp engine coupled with a ZF EcoLife fully automatic gearbox. It has 57 seats, a toilet, a fridge, hot drinks facilities, a DVD player, Bosch audio equipment, two LCD monitors, a CCTV system, a reversing horn and rear view camera. As standard, it comes with Wabco safety equipment, ZF axles and a Knorr-Bremse tyre pressure monitoring system.

Irizar UK supplied the vehicle.

Website’s million milestone

A website launched by West Midland transport authority, Centro, in 2008 has reached over 1m users. The website is designed to help pupils learn about the benefits of using public transport, cycling and walking. It features free downloadable tools and interactive games for teachers to assist their lesson plans and has averaged more than 200,000 hits each year.

Bernhard takes over ACEA Chair

Member of Daimler’s Board of Management and Head of Daimler Trucks and Buses, Wolfgang Berhard, has officially taken over the Chairmanship of the Commercial Vehicle Board of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). Dr Bernhard succeeds Andreas Renschler in this function, the latter having moved from the Daimler Trucks Division to the company’s Mercedes-Benz unit earlier this year.

Bernhard said, ‘As commercial vehicle manufacturers, we can only be successful and sustainable in the long run if we jointly articulate and address our industry’s developments, progress and needs, and make these known to political decision makers. In the years ahead, we will continue to invest billions of Euros in research and development in this area, and I’m convinced that we will reach our Vision 2020 target.’