300 new buses approved for Translink

TRANSLINK has been given approval to invest £50million in 300 new buses. The funding was announced by regional development minister, John Spellar, who said: "This investment signifies the Department for Regional Development’s resolve to provide modern, sustainable, safe transportation which benefits all of our society, the economy and the environment.

“Public transport actively contributes to social inclusion and the quality of life and provides a realistic alternative to private transport.”

Translink chairman Joan Smyth said the announcement marked “the latest milestone in the regeneration and transformation of Northern Ireland’s public transport services. We believe this financial support to be largest single investment for buses in the history of Citybus and Ulsterbus.”

The vehicles will be a mix of single-deck buses and midibuses; interurban coaches; double-deck buses; and double-deck interurban express coaches.