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Wrightbus secures £4m Translink deal for 20 buses

By John Mulgrew

Wrightbus has landed a £4m deal to supply 20 of its buses to Translink as part of the latest Executive spending round. The buses will make up a total of 45 new vehicles the public transport provider is buying for £10m.

Translink chief executive Chris Conway said the new buses would serve Metro, Ulsterbus and Goldline routes. “We are pleased that approximately £4m of this investment will include 20 new Metro double decker buses procured from local supplier Wrightbus.

“These buses will modernise our fleet, improve reliability and enhance our offer to customers.

“Buses will be fitted with Euro 6 diesel engines with the lowest emissions to ensure we deliver energy efficiency and protect the environment. This investment supports our strategy to grow public transport, which is one of the key outcomes in the draft programme for government.”

Meanwhile, the construction sector says a £25m boost for roads and infrastructure will have “immediate economic benefits” for Northern Ireland. 

Around £15m of that will be freed up for roads maintenance, announced by Finance Minister Mairtin O Muilleoir yesterday.

John Armstrong, managing director of the Construction Employers Federation, said: “Within the context of a local construction industry facing a significant sustainability challenge, any stimulus package is to be welcomed.

“The £15m announced today for roads structural maintenance will have immediate economic benefits, both for the communities in which identified schemes are located, as well as the economic and employment opportunities that will flow.

“In addition, the £5m regeneration fund is a welcome step and we look forward to more detail on the projects identified for it in January.”

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said the £25m is a “significant boost”.

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