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03 July 2012 12:00 GMT / Scania in the United Kingdom

Reliance Travel takes delivery of its first 12 Scania Irizar i6 coaches

Gravesend-based Reliance Travel, a part of the Redwing Group and member of the Addison Lee network, has taken delivery of its first 12 Scania Irizar i6 coaches. The vehicles are now in service, operating primarily on Reliance Travel's commuter services between Kent and central London.

Commenting on the new vehicles, Paul Hockley, Managing Director – Redwing Coaches, says, "Early indications are that these coaches will be a great success, both with us and our passengers.  They are proving to be fuel efficient and the quiet, smooth ride and levels of comfort they provide is exceptional.  They are also extremely attractive vehicles, both inside and out, and as such present an excellent image for our company."

The 12 new vehicles are all 12.2m overall length and built to DDA specification.  Each is equipped with 53 seats, a side-mounted Masats wheelchair lift and a rear continental door.  As such, this order represents the first time this particular configuration – which maximises both accessibility and luggage space – has been specified by a UK operator.  Additional interior equipment includes a refrigerator and a DVD player with front monitor.

Supplied by Scania (Great Britain) Limited, the vehicles are covered by a full 12-month warranty plus a second year driveline warranty.  Scania's Purfleet depot will support the operation day-to-day and provide ongoing parts cover.

In addition to commuter services, the new vehicles will operate on schools contracts, tourist work and airport transfers during the week.  At weekends, they will provide extra carrying capacity for the 75-strong Redwing/Reliance Travel fleet.