Another new Irizar i6 Integral coach has joined the fleet of Hereford coach operator Yeomans Canyon Travel.
The 12.9m 53-seater is the same specification as an i6 Integral that Yeomans Canyon Travel acquired in mid 2018, and will be used on the company’s touring and private hire operations.
The new coach features i6 plus seating incorporating seat-back tables, and multi-position footrests. There is a central sunken toilet and a drinks machine. On-board entertainment is provided by an Actia DVD player with two monitors and Bosch Smart System audio, along with USB power points for the passengers, while green interior lighting illuminates the saloon.
Externally, Yeomans has specified extra-tint windows, anti-chip vinyl, and rear side-marker lights, and the i6 Integral is powered by a DAF MX-11 271 369hp engine driving through a ZF EcoLife automatic transmission.
“The previous vehicle more than met our expectations, so we were pleased to place an order for an additional vehicle of identical specification,” says Yeomans Canyon operations manager Ian Davies. “We obtained personalised registration numbers for both coaches: last year’s is YT 18 YEO and this year’s is YT 68 YEO.”
Like all Yeomans Canyon’s Irizars, the new vehicle is maintained in-house by the company’s irtec-qualified technicians, with support from Irizar’s technical team and the local DAF dealer. The company intends to keep the vehicle for its entire working life.
Yeomans Canyon can trace its roots in Herefordshire back to 1920, when HH 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, in addition to its own programme of UK tours and holidays and up-market private hires. Next year marks the company’s 100th year of operation.
Current fleet strength is 56, and the ABTA-bonded company operates from purpose-built premises that were opened in 2008.