As part of a £66 million investment, 100 zero emission buses will be distributed between the 2 largest cities in Northern Ireland, Belfast and Derry, whilst Ulsterbus, operatering services outside of Belfast, will receive the remaining 45 buses which are to be low-emission vehicles.
The transport operator in Northern Ireland, Translink, says that this investment forms a key part of its Net Zero Emissions Strategy. The low and zero emission buses will be central in providing cleaner and greener transport, to improve air quality and address the climate emergency.
80 of the 100 zero emission buses received by Belfast and Derry will be battery electric vehicles (BEVs) while 20 will be Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs). The buses are to be supplied by local firm Wrightbus, with the investment including costs of associated infrastructure. They will be deployed between Foyle Metro services in Derry, and Metro in Belfast.
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon believes the investment will 'contribute to transitioning to a more sustainable transport system in Northern Ireland, while helping local businesses'. In announcing the move, the Minister stated that the 'vehicles will not only reduce pollution but provide greater safety and comfort, improving customer satisfaction. The investment from the Department for Infrastructure is also a key part of a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.'
Meanwhile, Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway stated the group’s intention is to engage with all stakeholders in order to “harness a shift in attitudes and behaviours towards more sustainable transport for future generations.” Translink aims to fully decarbonise their public transport fleets by 2040, and this represents a pivotal step in achieving this.
Further information can be found in the following websites:
- Northern Ireland orders 145 low-emission buses in £66 million investment
- Mallon announces £66million programme for 145 zero and low emission buses in effort to deliver Green Recovery
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