£5.8m for 53 Translink buses
Irish Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy and Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster, have secured an EU investment of £5.8m to help meet the cost of 53 recently purchased Translink buses and coaches. The EU investment has been used in the purchase of 39 Goldline Coaches and 14 Double Deck Metro buses. They came into service over the last few months and are being used on Northern Ireland and cross border routes.
Chairman of the Translink Group, John Trethowan, said, ‘We welcome this EU funding and thank the Ministers and their Departments for their support. We have received very positive feedback from our customers regarding the new vehicles. Passengers now make an additional 22,000 journeys on Metro every month and Goldline coach customers are also up by 6% on last year. These results clearly show more people are choosing to use our bus and coach services for their everyday journeys. This success is the result of continued investment together with great customer care. In particular our Goldline coach customers tell us they are enjoying the free on board WiFi, leather seats, additional legroom and great value. The new Metro buses in our fleet now makes Metro Services 100% wheelchair accessible and the additional double decker vehicles now allow us to enhance capacity on busy routes. We aim to build on our success by attracting even more customers to take advantage of the convenience, comfort and cost savings available with bus and coach travel.’