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NEWS/deliveries In partnership with: Parkers Executive Coaches Yutong TC9 C C Auchterarder-based Docherty’s Midland Coaches has taken a B11R-based 9700 integral, supplied by Volvo Bus/02476 210250 and accompanied by a Jonckheerebodied B11R. They join a fleet that is 80% Volvo and both will be used predominantly on private hire, corporate and UK touring work. Director Colin Docherty says: “We needed additional coaches, and the 9700 that we have purchased is actually the vehicle that was at Euro Bus Expo last year. “In particular, the 9700 is a stylish and aestheticallypleasing coach and we know that the B11R chassis gives excellent fuel consumption.” Coach Options, based in Rochdale, has taken delivery of an MAN RR2 with Beulas Cygnus bodywork, supplied by Moseley (PCV)/01977 609000. The 12.2m coach has 53 Sege VIP seats with leather trim and it also has a toilet, a Bosch Professional Line multimedia system, a fridge and a drinks machine. Power is from the 12.4-litre D26 engine developing 420bhp coupled to a ZF EcoLife automatic gearbox. Alloy wheels are fitted and the vehicle is finished in Coach Options’ blue livery. It continues an established relationship between the operator and the dealer. C Docherty’s Midland Coaches Volvo B11R C Coach Options MAN RR2 9700 integral Beulas Cygnus Glastonbury-based Avalon Coaches has turned to Irizar UK/01909 500514 for a pair of 12.9m i6 integrals that each seat 53. Both coaches have threepoint belts, a drinks machine, wood-effect flooring and a driver’s bunk. A further Irizar integral will follow them in October as the operator continues a switch to DAF power, with General Manager Clayton Roper explaining that it has consistently delivered excellent fuel economy. The new arrivals are maintained in-house. They are expected to remain on fleet for at least five years – “but if they continue to perform well, we’d be happy to keep them for longer,” adds Clayton. Power is from the MX-11 engine coupled to the ZF EcoLife gearbox. Avalon Coaches Irizar i6 integrals Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based Parkers Executive Coaches has recently added a Yutong TC9, supplied by Pelican Bus and Coach/01924 227722. “We had a gap for a 35-seat midicoach, and the best option was the TC9 as it boasts many luxury fittings as standard while being powered by a locally-engineered and -manufactured Cummins engine,” says Operations Manager Rikki Wilson. “We have even branded it as part of our Superior Class range as we feel that it’s a great market competitor and it’s already out earning its keep.” The TC9 was delivered carrying the operator’s metallic grey livery and Rikki pays tribute to the service given by Pelican and Assistant Sales Manager Simon Collins. 22 / ROUTE…ONE.NET 9 AUGUST 2017


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