Ulsterbus passengers in the Craigavon area are set to benefit from the introduction of eight new modern buses to the local fleet. Representing an investment of around £1.2 million, they will operate on the high frequency route between Lurgan and Portadown.
The new “Optare Versa” buses are in line with latest high quality fleet standards, with high-back, high specification seats, double wheelchair/buggy spaces, fully accessible and CCTV. Additional features include USB charging points and exterior cantrail LED lighting. They are all fitted with fire suppression equipment.
Ulsterbus Service Delivery Manager for Craigavon, Gary Mawhinney said: “We are delighted to see this investment in the local fleet. Over the last year, we have seen passenger numbers using local services 46 and 47 between Lurgan and Portadown more than double in the off-peak.”
“We hope this fleet enhancement together with our frequent 15 minute bus service in each direction serving Rushmere Shopping Centre and Craigavon Area Hospital will attract even more people to make the smart move to use the bus. Customers can also benefit from a great value special £2 day return fare available after 9.30 a.m. on this route so whether you are going shopping, meeting friends or getting to the hospital it’s easy to make the bus ‘Your First Choice for Travel’”.
Gary Mawhinney also said “In addition, these new buses will among the most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly buses in the region, this is good news for the Craigavon area helping us to provide a healthier environment for all”.
Robert Drewery, Commercial Director, Optare, said, “We are delighted that Translink have decided to continue their relationship with Optare and purchase more high specification Versas with the latest Euro 6 clean engine technology. We recognise the importance of working with our partners to enhance not only comfort but the entire passenger experience. Features such as USB charging and cantrail LED lighting (the first to be seen on an Optare vehicle) are designed specifically with the passenger experience in mind.”
These new buses come as Ulsterbus celebrates its 50th Anniversary serving the local community.