Further batch takes GoBus.ie Volvo orders over 50

Volvo Bus has delivered a further ten integral Volvo B11R 9700 coaches to one of its key customers, GoBus.ie, taking the total ordered by the Irish operator to more than 50 since 2009.

The latest order, which follows a number of Volvo 9700s ordered during the last eight years, is for a batch which are all 13m long with 53/55 seats, plus alloy wheels and CCTV.

“We have found that the Volvo B11R 9700 not only meets, but exceeds our expectations due to the driving experience, passenger appeal and build quality that gives us excellent operational performance year after year,” says GoBus.ie managing director Jim Burke. “Of particular importance for us is the style and aesthetic appearance of the 9700, which is extremely eye-catching and attracts huge passenger reaction. Our customers are always impressed when they see the 9700 coach they’ll be travelling in which they have become accustomed to over the past few years.

“Our experience of these vehicles has been excellent, so we had no hesitation for going for the 9700 yet again and it is great to be passing the 50+ milestone with our latest deliveries.”

The new vehicles will be entering service with GoBus.ie’s intercity work operating between Dublin and Galway on the M6/M4 motorways and between Dublin and Cork on the M8. Both routes serve Dublin City and Dublin Airport almost 24/7, as well as contract touring work for the growing Irish tourist market.

Additional equipment fitted to the GoBus.ie vehicles as standard are CCTV systems including reversing camera, sensors, invertors and sockets to all seats, wi-fi, destination sign equipment, dark tinted windows that restrict sunlight glare without losing any natural daylight, I-Start and three point seat belts.

All Volvo B11Rs are fitted with Volvo’s Driver support system as standard and GoBus.ie was involved in the testing of the system when it was under development. DSS includes AEBS (forward collision warning and advanced emergency braking systems), LKS (lane keeping support) and ACC (adaptive cruise control).