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Translink rolling out £29m spend on programme to upgrade its fleet

By Clare Weir

Published 26/09/2012

Transport firm Translink is to spend £29m on new buses for Northern Ireland.

It emerged this week that in the year to March 2012, Government support for Translink services cost a record £185.2m, of which £108.8m was towards capital investment and £76.4m towards operating costs.

In the same year, passengers paying fares contributed £120.4m.

Last year, the level of Government support was unusually high because £92m was invested in new trains and the related infrastructure.

Metrobus had an operating profit of £0.5m and Ulsterbus recorded a loss of £0.9m with turnover of £93.7m.

The Department for Regional Development has provided funding towards the purchase of the 87 new Goldline Coaches and 58 Metro buses.

The new Metro buses are replacing older vehicles in the fleet to make Metro Services 100% wheelchair accessible and the additional double decker vehicles will also enable Translink to enhance capacity on busy routes.

A number of the Goldline Coaches and Metro buses have already gone into service this month with the remainder to be introduced later this year and in early 2013.

WiFi has also been fitted to a number of coaches in the current fleet.

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