Translink launch new-look airport service and investment in new buses
Published: 13 April 2011
- Wrightbus manufactures eight new low-floor vehicles for modern new-look service
Passengers using Translink’s Airport Express Service 300 to Belfast International Airport can soon benefit from a £1.2 million investment in new buses. Funded by the Department for Regional Development, the new ‘Solar Rural’ vehicles are being supplied by Scania and manufactured by local Ballymena-based company Wrightbus.
In addition, all the buses operating on Translink’s 300 Belfast International Airport Service have been revamped with a modern and striking new-look exterior to make it easier for travellers to identify the service they need.
Translink Assistant Service Delivery Manager, David Graham, says the recent developments will be particularly beneficial as the busy Easter and Summer travel periods approach:
“We wanted to create one common eye-catching brand for all our airport express services so that our customers can easily travel to and from local airports. We are also pleased to work with Wrightbus again on the delivery of these eight new vehicles for our popular 300 express service. This investment will provide travelers with a modern, comfortable and relaxing journey to and from Belfast International Airport.
“Of course, value for money is more important than ever and with fares from as little as £9 return for Belfast International Airport using a Smartlink card*, it makes sense to leave the car at home and save money, time and effort.
“Catching a flight can often put people under pressure for time so we want to ensure our services are attractive and hassle-free. With departures to and from the Europa Buscentre and the International Airport 24 hours a day, seven days a week and every 15 minutes at peak times, this express service offers convenience and reliability whether you are travelling for business or leisure,” said David.
Mark Nodder, Wright Group Managing Director, commented: "Wrightbus are delighted to once again be chosen to provide new buses to Translink. This latest fleet investment by Translink & BIA means that international visitors to & from N Ireland will be able to experience world-class comfort, quality, safety and low emissions in a fleet of vehicles bearing an eye catching new livery which will undoubtedly attract passengers to use the service."
Deborah Harris, Belfast International Airport, adds: The Airport Express 300 is a crucial link from the airport to Belfast city centre for both business and leisure travelers alike. The investment of eight new buses onto the route will provide travellers with an even more relaxing journey to and from Belfast. The frequency of the service combined with the new buses and eye-catching livery makes this express service a real winner for customers.”