Translink has announced a 6% increase in Goldline coach passenger numbers over the past 12 months. The Northern Ireland state-owned company’s flagship coach service has experienced a massive 45% increase in passenger journeys in the last eight years and now carries over 3m passenger journeys each year.
Translink Metro bus services also continue to perform strongly with almost 504,000 journeys made every week in Belfast and an additional 22,000 journeys now made on Metro every month.
Translink Marketing Executive Ciarán Rogan said: “It’s clear that more people are choosing to leave the car at home and use our bus and coach services for their everyday journeys, whether it’s business or leisure.
“This success reflects the investment in new Irizar i4-bodied Scania coaches for Goldline last September, the introduction of free on board WiFi, leather seats and additional legroom and great value fares.
“Our cross-border X1 & X2 services are particularly popular. Direct services from Belfast to Dublin Airport and great value web fares mean better value and less hassle than parking.
“We have now also launched an X4 service between Derry/ Londonderry and Dublin, which also serves Mid Ulster and Armagh to give people even more flexibility and choice.”