Clarkes increases Euro 6 intake with latest Irizar i6s
Clarkes of London is taking 12 new Irizar i6 integral coaches to increase the Euro 6 component of its fleet, ahead of the forthcoming Ultra Low Emission Zone in the capital. The £2.5 million investment is a repeat order for Irizar UK following the previous 12 Irizar i6 integral coaches Clarkes purchased in 2013/14.
“Our decision to replace our Euro 5 i6 fleet well ahead of their normal fleet life has not been taken lightly,” says managing director Debbie Newman. “While our hand was forced by the early implementation of ULEZ, Clarkes will always ensure that it is providing coaches which are at the forefront of technology and which maintain our reputation for being London’s premier operator.”
Clarkes’ new coaches comprise six 12.9m, 57-seat i6s with toilet and six 12.2m, 53-seat i6s with toilet. All are powered by DAF’s 11-litre MX series engines with ZF EcoLife automatic gearboxes.
“The i6 Integral is a coach which suits us very well, with enormous kerb appeal and the ideal seating and luggage capacity for the variety of work we have in London,” adds Newman. “It’s true to say that we have always aimed high with our vehicle choices, and the fact that we have returned to Irizar UK for this latest fleet upgrade speaks volumes for the service we have received, both from the vehicle aspect as well as from the team at Irizar UK.”