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February 06 2018
By Mel Holley

A former routeone editor, Mel has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

City Circle reaffirms its
Scania/Irizar link with largest

Scania (Great Britain) has taken its largest order for the new Scania Irizar i6S, with a 20-vehicle commitment from City Circle (UK). 

The first examples of this new model will enter service in the UK in 2018, and follows the delivery of 16 Scania Irizar i6 coaches in 2017 (pictured).

They will be used on City Circle’s high-end tours and corporate work.

Of the order, 18 are 13.2m tri-axle 53-seaters, while two are 10.8m 36-seaters. All will have Scania’s automated Opticruise gearbox, wi-fi and passenger USB ports.

City Circle MD Neil Pegg says: “The Scania Irizar i6 product has performed exceptionally well over the last few years for our business. 

“When I was introduced to the upgraded i6S, and the additional refinements and specification enhancements it offers, I knew it was the right product for our high profile client base. 

“We look forward to what looks to be a very busy season in store, and 2018 will also see us opening a fantastic new purpose-built premises in Heathrow to operate from.”

The Irizar i6S bodywork features 53 luxurious reclining seats with leather and extra padded flaps, sunken toilet/washroom and Frenzel kitchen located at the centre continental exit. 

Additional features include Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels, reversing and road cameras and integrated satellite navigation. The passenger seats will benefit from having seat back tables, magazine nets and footrests and the body will be finished with extra dark tinted double glazing.

The other two coaches in this order are 10.8-metre overall length vehicles based on Scania K360 4x2 chassis with fully- gear-selection system.  The Irizar i6S bodywork of these coaches feature 36 recliners with half leather trim to the seats, rear floor mounted toilet/washroom and an extensive servery at the rear of the coach with built in units for fridges and drinks facilities fitted by A&D coach systems.  The vehicles are specified extremely highly with the additions of satellite navigation, twin monitors, and fully furnished seat back facilities for passenger comfort. Dark tinted glass and Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels complete the specification.

All 20 coaches will also have the Colour Plus dash feature offering the driver instant performance information, and this is linked to the complimentary fleet management information sent direct to the office to ensure vehicle-efficiency can be maximised. The vehicles will all have WiFi on board, CCTV systems and the added feature of USB charging points to all the passenger seats.

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