Portadown bus passengers to enjoy 'improved experience' as Translink rolls out new electric buses

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New Translink battery electric buses are being rolled out for use by passengers in Portadown.

Translink said the new zero emission buses will ‘improve the passenger experience, providing users with considerably quieter and more comfortable journeys’.

The vehicles also meet enhanced accessibility standards and come with the latest passenger experience features, such as Wi-Fi, USB charging sockets and digital audio-visual next stop announcements.

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They form part of Translink’s wider plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and operate a zero-emissions fleet across all of Northern Ireland by 2040 and be climate positive by 2050.

Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd has welcomed the roll-out of 100 new battery electric buses in a £64million investment by his Department in the decarbonisation of public transport. The zero emission buses will comprise of 79 double deck and 21 single deck and will enter the Translink fleet in Belfast, Derry, Limavady, Strabane, Coleraine and Portadown. John O’Dowd, Minister, Department for Infrastructure pictured with Chris Conway, Chief Executive, Translink and Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive, Wrightbus.Picture: Arthur Allison / Pacemaker Press.Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd has welcomed the roll-out of 100 new battery electric buses in a £64million investment by his Department in the decarbonisation of public transport. The zero emission buses will comprise of 79 double deck and 21 single deck and will enter the Translink fleet in Belfast, Derry, Limavady, Strabane, Coleraine and Portadown. John O’Dowd, Minister, Department for Infrastructure pictured with Chris Conway, Chief Executive, Translink and Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive, Wrightbus.Picture: Arthur Allison / Pacemaker Press.
Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd has welcomed the roll-out of 100 new battery electric buses in a £64million investment by his Department in the decarbonisation of public transport. The zero emission buses will comprise of 79 double deck and 21 single deck and will enter the Translink fleet in Belfast, Derry, Limavady, Strabane, Coleraine and Portadown. John O’Dowd, Minister, Department for Infrastructure pictured with Chris Conway, Chief Executive, Translink and Jean-Marc Gales, Chief Executive, Wrightbus.Picture: Arthur Allison / Pacemaker Press.

The new buses are part of a fleet of 100 being rolled-out a £64million investment by the Department of Infrastructure in the decarbonisation of public transport.

The electric buses – 79 double deck and 21 single deck – will enter the Translink fleet in Portadown along with Belfast, Derry, Limavady, Strabane and Coleraine.

Welcoming the roll-out on a visit to Wrightbus in Ballymena, Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd said: “I am very pleased to be here today to see at first hand the work being taken forward to tackle decarbonisation of our public transport network through the technologies being developed by Wrightbus.

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Part of the fleet of new battery electric buses entering the Translink fleet in several areas including Portadown.  Picture: Arthur Allison / Pacemaker Press.Part of the fleet of new battery electric buses entering the Translink fleet in several areas including Portadown.  Picture: Arthur Allison / Pacemaker Press.
Part of the fleet of new battery electric buses entering the Translink fleet in several areas including Portadown. Picture: Arthur Allison / Pacemaker Press.

“I am committed to delivering a modal shift change in the way we all travel by prioritising public transport and with active travel across the north. These new buses, which are fully accessible, will play a vital role in helping achieve the emission reduction targets set out in the NI Climate Change Act and Clean Air Strategy goals.

“The investment of £64million by my Department in the Translink fleet ensures that bus journeys continue to offer customers a modern, attractive, cleaner transport option in order to encourage more people to shift away from private motoring and travel more sustainably.

“Our approach to transport decarbonisation is based on three high level policy levers, focused on: reducing the need for and length of journeys, a modal shift to active travel and public transport and switching fuels to low emission alternatives.

"Prioritising decarbonisation helps makes way for a just transition to net zero while also supporting hundreds of green, high-skilled jobs here in the north which is also helping to deliver economic prosperity.”