Eight more Volvo 9700s for GoBus.ie
Irish express coach operator GoBus.ie confirmed an order for eight integral Volvo B11R 9700 Euro 6 coaches at the recent Coach & Bus Live show. All of the vehicles will include the new Volvo Driver Support System (DSS) fitted as standard.
This latest order follows one for 13 Volvo coaches delivered to GoBus.ie so far this year. Scheduled for delivery early in 2016, the new order is for four 13m 53/55 seat vehicles and four 13.8m 57/59 seaters.
The DSS includes AEBS (forward collision warning and advanced emergency braking systems), LKS (lane keeping support) and ACC (adaptive cruise control). ACC will also be offered as an option on other Volvo B11R body types when specified with the I-Shift gearbox.
“We’ve been really pleased with the quality, appearance and operational performance of our previous Volvo B11R 9700s, which is why we’ve chosen them again this time,” says GoBus.ie managing director Jim Burke.
“Earlier this year we were invited to take part in the testing of the DSS with one of our new Volvo B11Rs. As we are always keen to be involved with new technologies and anything that helps to improve driver safety and that of our passengers, we were glad to be included in the trialling phase.
“Since then all of our drivers have had the opportunity to try out the DSS for themselves and they all think it’s great, so the fact that it is now fitted as standard on the Volvo B11R 9700 was another key part of our purchasing decision making.”
Based in Galway, GoBus.ie operates 33 coaches on scheduled services between Cork and Dublin along the M8 motorway and between Galway and Dublin on the M4/M6 motorways.