New greener buses in NI following £29m investment

Published on Friday, 28 September 2012 15:59
Posted by Scott Buckler

A decision to invest £29 million in greener buses for Northern Ireland will see 145 vehicles take to the region's roads

The money from the Northern Ireland Executive will be used by Translink to enhance its fleet of Goldline coaches and Metro buses, replacing older passenger transport models.

Transport minister Danny Kennedy stated the vehicles will be introduced throughout the remainder of 2012 and early in 2013.

Unveiling the funding at the Europa bus centre in Belfast, he added: "My key objective in investing in public transport is to encourage commuters and other travellers to use public transport for their journeys instead of the private car and to travel more sustainably."

The new Metro buses will provide complete wheelchair accessibility for Translink and increase capacity with double-decker models, while the Goldline coaches will boost key express services.

New Northern Ireland transport statistics published by the executive showed the number of Metro passenger journeys remained relatively stable in 2011-12, rising from 25.8 million the previous year to 25.9 million, while Ulsterbus trips dropped slightly from 40.8 million to 40.6 million over the year.

Source: ©CILT UK

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