Volvo Buses


Goodsir Coaches add B11R 9700 to established Volvo fleet

Family owned and operated Goodsir Coaches has taken delivery of a new integral Volvo Bus B11R 9700 Euro 6 coach.

The North Wales based tour operator has specified Volvo for many years and in doing so has built a strong relationship with the company. This was key in influencing the decision to select Volvo coaches again.

Graham Goodsir, co-owner of Goodsir Coaches, said:  “We needed a new coach as a replacement for one of our older vehicles and in particular, we were looking for something that would meet our passenger capacity needs.

“The B11R 9700 was the flagship exhibit on the Volvo Bus stand at Coach and Bus Live and with great reviews we were persuaded it was the coach for us.

“The Volvo B11R chassis provides us with excellent fuel economy, which is an important consideration for any coach operator, and our experience with Volvos aftersale service sealed the deal for us.

“We are really looking forward to seeing how the B11R 9700 performs in terms of fuel savings, as we have heard positive feedback and Volvo has a proven track record.

“Our Volvo Bus Retail Bus & Coach Sales Manager, Phil Hudson, was great throughout the whole process from selecting our vehicle right up until final delivery and we’re delighted to be adding this new 9700 to our fleet.”

Destined for use on a range of contract work, including independent schools and continenatal touring, Goodsir Coaches new B11R 9700 is 13m in length with a tri-axle arrangement and has 53 passenger seating capacity.

Graham Goodsir added:  “Since taking delivery and the vehicle going into operation, our customers have also been making some very positive comments about how much they like the coach and what a smooth ride it is, which is great to hear.”

Phil Hudson said:  “Goodsir Coaches is a highly valued and established customer of Volvo Bus and we’re delighted they’ve chosen our integral B11R 9700 as their latest vehicle. 

“The reputation of the B11R 9700 is continuing to gain momentum among operators for its excellent fuel consumption and operational performance. 

“We’re sure this new Volvo B11R 9700 will help them continue with their excellent service to their customers.”

Goodsir Coaches is based in Anglesey and was established in 1972.  Today it prides itself on delivering its customers with a high quality service specialising in tour work in the UK and Europe.


13 January 2016

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Goodsir Coaches 1: The new integral Volvo Bus B11R 9700 Euro 6 ex-demonstrator coach that has recently been delivered to Goodsir Coaches. 

Editors’ notes

Model - Volvo B11R 3 axle Integral Luxury Coach with independent front suspension.

Body specification - Volvo 9700

Engine - Volvo Euro 6 D11K 430 or 460hp vertical rear engine. Emission levels comply with Euro 6 legislation. Engine Emission control uses SCR & EGR technology.

Transmission - Volvo I-Shift automatic with integral retarder.

Height - 3.75 m

Width - 2.55 m

Length - 13 m

Fuel tank - 600 litres

Technical standard - European Whole Vehicle Type Approval.

Body construction - Stainless steel frame and body.

Additional safety -  FIPS – Front Impact Protection System features including  FUPS – Front Under-Run Protection System, KIPS – Driver’s Knee Impact Protection System, ESP – Electronic Stability Programme

Driver’s seat - IIsringhausen with air suspension swivel feature, dual arm rest, integrated microphone and 3 point seat belt.

Courier seat - Volvo Superior comfort seat, height adjustable with 3 point seat belt.

Passenger seats - 53/55 Volvo Superior comfort Plus seats with adjustable footrest, sideways adjustment, leather headrests and piping, seatback table, magazine nets and 3 point seat belts to all seats.

Luggage capacity - 9.0 m3 approx

Glazing - Solar reflective bonded windscreen with high level third wiper, heated electric driver’s window, peage window, motorised windscreen sun blind, sun blinds and curtains to all side windows.

Air conditioning - Full saloon climate control air conditioning with separate control for driver’s compartment.

Additional features - Parallel action side hatches and central locking, Bi-Xenon headlamp with cleaning system electric roof hatches, LED floor level lighting, aircraft style luggage racks, demountable toilet compartment with hot air hand drier, smoke sensor, boiler and sink, drinks dispenser, 120 litre drinking water tank capacity (fitted in luggage area), European touring kit including spare mirror arm, bulb, tools, wash-down kit, Dura-Bright Alcoa alloy wheels.