Transforming Translink

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Translink has ordered 100 battery-electric and hydrogen buses as part of its long-term plan to decarbonise. TRANSLINK










Continuing our COP26 coverage, we look at Translink’s plans to ‘greenify’ Northern Ireland’s transport network

Translink – not to be confused with organisations of a similar name in Queensland or Vancouver – is Northern Ireland’s principal public transport operator, and the trading name of the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHCo). It encompasses Northern Ireland Railways (NIR) as well as Ulsterbus and Metro bus services. Ulsterbus is the brand under which most Northern Irish bus services operate, whilst those in the Greater Belfast area are known as Metro. These are supplemented by Urby-branded commuter routes, using leather-seated Wrightbus double-deckers, and interurban Goldline coach services linking major cities, along with cross-border services into the Republic of Ireland and to Scotland. There is also the Glider network in Belfast, operated using a fleet of Van Hool Exquicity articulated buses, and services in Derry are branded Foyle Metro. Pre-covid, Translink facilitated around 85m passenger journeys per year.

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