Optares ordered for Translink

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CBW can confirm that Translink has spent £6m on a new fleet of 40 Optare buses, due to serve Ulsterbus routes.

Translink’s Ulsterbus operates over 300 services across Northern Ireland (NI) and services to and from Belfast. The first delivery is expected during March and April of this year and will be a mix of midibuses and single-deckers.

A Translink spokesperson said: “We are purchasing 40 Optare buses for Ulsterbus routes in Northern Ireland, at a cost of £6m. We expect to take delivery of the first 24 buses during March and early April 2017.

“Thirteen of the new Optare buses on order are midibuses while the other 27 are low-floor single decker buses. The new vehicles are in line with our latest fleet standards, including high specification seats, full wheelchair accessibility and with CCTV.”