Barnes Coaches takes Irizar i6 pair

Two new Irizar i6 coaches have joined the Wiltshire-based fleet of Barnes Coaches as it moves its fleet towards meeting Euro 6 emissions standard by 2019. A 14m tri-axle 61-seat and a 12.2m 49-seat model join two Irizar integrals bought previously. 

“We love the way the i6 looks and our drivers and customers also love them,” said director Matt Barnes. 

Last year’s intake included a 12.9m i6 and Barnes’ first 61-seat tri-axle, almost identical to the new one. These large coaches with their high seating capacity are a favourite with the operator, which has twelve 60-plus seaters in total.

The latest coaches include twin-screen DVD system, reversing camera, seat-back tables and magazine nets and a built-in vacuum cleaner. 

Barnes Coaches has been operating for 97 years and has a fleet of 30 full-size vehicles, mainly on private and corporate hire, contracts, its own tour programme, day trips and concert travel. It aims to upgrade its entire fleet to Euro 6 to enable it to meet London’s forthcoming ULEZ restrictions.