The ability to add a centre door on the nearside of the coach were instrumental in persuading Gloucestershire operator Rover European Travel to choose a new Irizar i4 Integral to update its 14-strong fleet.
The vehicle will be used on a mixture of work, including a schools contract in nearby Stroud, and private hires.
The 12.9m coach has a unique specification with 57 seats and centre door, but the seats are upgraded to the i6 type to offer added luxury for its role as a hire vehicle. It also has the optional raised floor to offer increased luggage space for this role.
Other passenger benefits include a Bosch audio system, digital clock and extra tinted windows.
For additional safety, the vehicle has cant-rail lighting and extra rear side-marker lamps.
“We wanted a 57-seat coach that looked modern and attractive, and the i4 Integral fits the bill,” says Rover European managing director David Hand.” This coach is used on a schools contract where we load and discharge passengers on a main road along with 19 other coaches. The additional nearside centre door helps us to do this as quickly and safely as possible.
“Over the years, we have switched over to vehicles with the DAF-ZF driveline and found it to be very good. The EcoLife gearbox is a bit of a departure for us as we have traditionally preferred manual transmissions, but they are becoming increasingly popular on this type of vehicle and the regular driver loves it.”
Rover European Travel was founded in 1947, by David Hand’s father. David is now managing director with his wife Carole as co-director, and the company specialises in British and European holidays along with a wide range of other coaching services.