03 Dec 2020

Northern Ireland Orders 20 Hydrogen Buses

03 Dec 2020  by Joanna Sampson   

Northern Ireland has ordered 20 hydrogen buses from Wrightbus as the country takes steps to decarbonise its public transport.

The Northern Ireland government is investing around £66m in 145 zero and low emission buses – a move that will be fundamental in creating cleaner and greener transport to positively impact the climate emergency and air quality.

The buses will be deployed between Metro in Belfast and Foyle Metro services in Derry in 2021/2022.

Announcing the funding, Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said, “Cleaner, greener, sustainable transport is key to protecting our environment and fighting the climate crisis.”

“I have an ambitious vision for a low carbon future where we make low emission public transport accessible to people and communities across Northern Ireland.”

“Following my budget announcement in June, we are now seeing the investment of almost £66m for the purchase of of zero and low emission vehicles filter down to our local economy, with Wrightbus producing the 145 new vehicles that will enter the Translink fleet and be put into public service.”

“My Department has allocated funding of £66m in line with New Decade New Approach commitments to deliver a step change in cleaner greener public transport as we tackle the climate crisis.”

“Today marks a very positive step forward that will create jobs, encourage investment, as well as being pivotal in cutting the level of emissions.”

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