Eight Optare Versas for Ulsterbus

Translink Ulsterbus has put eight new Optare Versas into service on a high frequency route between Lurgan and Portadown in an investment of around £1.2million.

The Versas feature high-back seats, double wheelchair/buggy spaces, full accessibility and CCTV. Additional features include USB charging points and exterior cantrail LED lighting. They are all fitted with fire suppression equipment.

“We are delighted to see this investment in the local fleet,” says Ulsterbus service delivery manager for Craigavon Gary Mawhinney. “Over the last year, we have seen passenger numbers using local services 46 and 47 between Lurgan and Portadown more than double in the off-peak.” 

“We hope this fleet enhancement together with our frequent 15-minute bus service in each direction serving Rushmere shopping centre and Craigavon hospital will attract even more people to make the smart move to use the bus.

“In addition, these new buses will be among the most fuel efficient and environmentally-friendly buses in the region; this is good news for the Craigavon area helping us to provide a healthier environment for all.”

Robert Drewery, commercial director, Optare, adds: “We are delighted that Translink have decided to continue their relationship with Optare and purchase more high-specification Versas with the latest Euro 6 clean engine technology. We recognise the importance of working with our partners to enhance not only comfort but the entire passenger experience. Features such as USB charging and cantrail LED lighting (the first to be seen on an Optare vehicle) are designed specifically with the passenger experience in mind.”