Belfast Telegraph

Translink gets £6m off EU for new buses

Almost £6m has been secured from the EU to help meet the cost of 53 recently purchased Translink buses and coaches.

The money has been used to buy 39 Goldline coaches and 14 double deck Metro buses.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the £5.8m will be matched by the same amount from the Department for Regional Development (DRD).

The new coaches and buses came into service over the last few months.

At the Europa Buscentre in Belfast, Mr Kennedy said: "These new vehicles are already delivering greater comfort and accessibility for passengers. They have replaced older vehicles and comply with modern European emission standards helping Translink further reduce the environmental impact of the fleet."

Ms Foster added: "With parts of the contract for the work to supply the Metro buses going to Wrightbus in Ballymena, there are clear benefits to the Northern Ireland economy and the investment will undoubtedly help support local jobs.

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