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Translink joins forces with Wrightbus to supply 28 new Ulsterbus vehicles

Rachel McNabb

Reporter:

Rachel McNabb

TRANSLINK is set to take delivery of 28 new high specification Ulsterbus Double Deck buses this Summer.

Representing an investment of around £6.7million, the new buses will operate on key commuter routes between outlying towns including park and ride routes and Belfast. They will have a modern and striking new-look livery and come with a range of enhanced on board customer features for an even better journey experience.

Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive explained: “We are looking forward to introducing these new vehicles. They will offer the highest levels of comfort with new features such as leather seats, USB charging points and free WiFi. We are also piloting innovative mobile cradle devices on seat backs on some vehicles – this facility is a first in the UK.

“These new vehicles will roll out on busy commuter routes over the coming months including Ballyclare, Newtownards, Lisburn, Carryduff and Finaghy.

“We are grateful for this Department for Infrastructure investment, further demonstrating our commitment to transforming public transport to be your first choice for travel in Northern Ireland.

Mark Nodder, Wrights Group Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to be delivering the first of a new fleet of double decker buses for Translink. The buses are state of the art in terms of specification, performance and emissions. They look fantastic in the new Urby livery, and are sure to turn heads when they enter service. At a time when the U.K. market for new buses has come under pressure the support of Translink and the Department for Infrastructure is particularly welcome, and this order helps our workforce in Ballymena and the wider supply chain in Northern Ireland and the U.K.”

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