Seven new buses for Coleraine

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy (L) and Translink Group Chief Executive David Strahan (R) ''Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons 07778373486
Transport Minister Danny Kennedy (L) and Translink Group Chief Executive David Strahan (R) ''Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons 07778373486

Coleraine is in line to get seven new buses as part of a £5million investment in the Translink fleet.

The 37 buses, include 10 new Metro single decks buses and 27 Metro/Ulsterbus Midibuses will replace all Lisburn City Services and Coleraine Town Services. The remainder will be based across Northern Ireland including Londonderry, Newtownabbey and Larne.

The Department was successful in securing £2.5m funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy said: “This is a very significant and strategically important investment in the Translink fleet.

“The funding I secured from the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland was an essential element in the overall investment. In delivering these improvements our customers will go on to see that the standard of the news buses is simply outstanding.

“Compared to the vehicles being replaced, the modern vehicles are smoother, quieter, more fuel efficient and more environmentally-friendly.

“These new vehicles replace older vehicles within the fleet which will be retired from passenger services and will help ensure that Northern Ireland bus journeys continue to offer customers a modern, attractive transport option and travel more sustainably.”