Belfast Telegraph

Translink helps Commonwealth effort

Translink is providing 90 buses to help transport athletes and officials at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Drivers, engineers and contract managers have also been enlisted for the event which starts this week, it is understood.

Thousands of the world's top athletes have started arriving in the city ahead of the 20th Commonwealth Games.

A Translink statement said: "Translink has been successful in the tendering process to provide drivers and buses for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow .

"A special project team has started planning and preparing for this major operation."

Sportsmen and women from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories have been arriving at Glasgow Airport and transported to the Athletes' Village in the city's east end ahead of Wednesday's opening ceremony.

More than 4,500 athletes will be competing in 17 sports from July 24 to August 3.

The competition is taking place across 11 venues in Glasgow plus two outside the city - diving will take place in Edinburgh and Carnoustie in Angus will host the shooting.

Translink won a sub-contract from the First Group, a British public transport company. The buses and staff will be in Scotland for six weeks, transporting people between venues and centres.

More than 100 members of the Commonwealth Games team from Northern Ireland left Belfast on Saturday.

The team left for Scotland with high hopes, after returning from the 2010 Games in India with 10 medals.

The Games officially kick off on Wednesday with a ceremony at the home of Celtic FC. Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and Amy Macdonald are billed to sing at the event, which will be broadcast to an expected one billion viewers.


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