Translink unveils new Zero Emission Causeway Coast minibuses 

A ‘giant’ step forward in the decarbonisation of public transport   

Translink has unveiled the first Zero Emission minibuses to be added to the fleet at a special preview event in Coleraine today.

State-of-the-art electric powered minibuses were on display at the Diamond in the town centre, providing stakeholders and members of the public an opportunity to step on board and experience the next phase of emissions-free public transport in Northern Ireland. These mark the start of plans to decarbonise the fleet in the local area.

Due to enter passenger service later this summer, two buses will operate at the Giant’s Causeway on the popular shuttle service between the visitor centre and the stones, with a further four buses set to operate across the Coleraine town service routes.

Piloting a new payments system, passengers using the new Giant’s Causeway Zero Emission shuttle buses will also be able to buy tickets on board using contactless payment methods.

Edward Mason, General Manager at the Giant’s Causeway, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the new electric minibuses to the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site and we’re pleased to see our partners at Translink rolling these out locally.

“Climate Change is the single biggest threat to the precious landscapes and historic houses we care for, and the National Trust is very much part of the global fight. The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre is specifically designed with a whole host of sustainable features to help protect local wildlife and the environment. As part of this, we have changed all our site vehicles to electric and we’re delighted to see our partners making this change too.

“We would like to thank our partners at Translink for working together to improve accessibility and for their commitment towards more sustainable travel for everyone.”

Sam Todd, Translink Service Delivery Manager, said: “Investment in zero emission fleet & technology, along with modal shift, is vital to tackle the climate crisis and achieve the emission reduction targets set out in the NI Climate Change Act.

“We are therefore grateful to the Department for Infrastructure for the essential funding to deliver these new mini-buses and to showcase them here today. The feedback has been very positive, with people impressed with the comfort and quality on board, the USB charging ports and free Wi-Fi, onboard passenger information screens for enhanced accessibility as well as supporting the green credentials.

“We’d like to thank everyone who took the opportunity to learn more about our commitment to decarbonisation, reducing congestion and enhancing air quality.

“We are working to have completed all the vehicle testing, training and commissioning over the coming weeks, so we are looking forward to welcoming even more people on board this summer.

“Coleraine is the first town to see the launch of emissions-free public transport, more people making the switch will herald the start of a new era in cleaner, greener transportation and a better quality of life for today and for generations to come.”

Councillor Steven Callaghan, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, said: “We are delighted that this summer will see Coleraine receive the first Zero Emission buses to operate on the Translink Ulsterbus network.

“At today’s launch event in Coleraine’s Diamond, it was obvious that the community have a real interest in these new vehicles and the ways in which they will help our planet. As we all endeavour to reduce our carbon footprint, I know the people of the Borough and those visiting will help by supporting these fantastic new, cleaner and greener buses.”

This Zero Emission bus preview took place during Green Transport Week which champions public transport and other forms of active travel as a simple way for people to play their part in creating a cleaner, greener environment while also enjoying health and wellbeing benefits.

When introduced, these electric buses will also be the first Zero Emission buses to operate on the Translink Ulsterbus network. This project supports Translink’s vision to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and operate a Zero Emissions fleet across Northern Ireland by 2040, supporting a better quality of life for future generations.

For more information visit www.translink.co.uk/CausewayCoastZE and follow @Translink_NI #BetterConnected.