Volvo seals GoBus.ie deal
Volvo has finalised an agreement to supply eight integral Volvo B11R 9700 Euro6 coaches to GoBus.ie in a deal secured at Coach and Bus Live. These latest additions to the fleet will include the new Volvo Driver Support System (DSS) fitted as standard. 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. Scheduled for delivery early in 2016, the new order comprises four 13m 53/55 seaters and four 13.8m 57/59 seaters, all with alloy wheels and CCTV. It follows on the back of 13 Volvo coaches already delivered to the operator so far this year.
Based in Galway, GoBus.ie has specified over 100 Volvos over the past 20 years. Its Volvo 9700 coaches work on scheduled services between Cork and Dublin along the M8 motorway and between Galway and Dublin on the M4/M6 motorways.
GoBus.ie MD, Jim Burke, said, ‘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. 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.’