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Translink launches Foyle Metro bus service for Derry~Londonderry

24 August 2017

People in Derry~Londonderry can soon enjoy the benefits of Translink’s new Foyle Metro bus service starting on September 1. 

‘Foyle Metro’ is a major development for the City’s public transport network. Operating across 14 bus corridors on a simplified route network, the service features an eye-catching new-look red bus fleet and attractive bus timetable designed to meet the future transport needs of the city. 

The new service will boost connectivity providing a frequent, reliable, comfortable and affordable way to travel. As part of the launch celebrations, Translink customers can enjoy a special £2 all-day ticket (child £1) available throughout September. 

Foyle Metro offers a range of enhanced connections to shops, amenities, schools, hospital and airport services along with improved integration with Goldline Express and NI Railways services. 

The striking red fleet represents an investment of over £3million comprising 19 brand new buses which are more environmentally-friendly supporting the council’s focus on air quality improvements and a further 20 refurbished buses to ensure the entire service is looking smart.

Launching Foyle Metro, Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway said: 
“The people of Derry~Londonderry told us they wanted a modern and attractive bus service that reflects and supports the city’s prosperity. We’ve used their feedback to design the ‘Foyle Metro’ experience – its new-look, routes and timetables – and we’re now looking forward to their first impressions from September 1! 

“In recent years we have invested over £55m in bus and rail transport improvements in the North West; Foyle Metro is a further major part of our plans to deliver continued passenger growth and make Translink your first choice for travel in Northern Ireland. As a major local employer delivering more than 270 jobs in the North West, Foyle Metro will also help secure a successful future for our business here. 

“Our customers can now pick-up a Foyle Metro timetable in-station or online and find out more about their new service. Also watch out for our launch celebrations in September when we’ll have a special £2 day ticket and plenty of red-themed activities from shopping centre roadshows to social media competitions and tempting giveaways. Just visit our Facebook page or follow @Translink_NI #FoyleMetro for details,” said Chris. 

Translink is also working with the Department for Infrastructure and Derry City & Strabane District Council to deliver road infrastructure improvements in the city over the coming months to enhance bus operations. There are also further plans to improve local Goldline Express Services to Belfast with investment in new fleet and timetable enhancements.

To launch the service, Translink has created a short film featuring local stakeholders providing their own perspectives on what Foyle Metro means for Derry~Londonderry – . 

New Translink Foyle Metro timetables are now available online and in-station. For more information visit , follow @Translink_NI #FoyleMetro or call 028 90 66 66 30. 


Notes to Editors 
•        The introduction of Foyle Metro is the latest Translink development in the North West following the Derry~Londonderry Railway Line Upgrade, new hourly rail timetable introduction and the North-West Multi-Modal Transport Hub developments. 

•         New Optare Versa buses have Euro 6 emissions – cleaner and greener for the city. 

•         Foyle Metro customers can enjoy more regular services on selected routes and service expansion into residential areas e.g. Glenabbey. 

•         Other developments include a new cross-city orbital hourly route from Hazelbank to Altnagelvin Hospital via Shantallow and Nelson Drive.

•        There will also be improved Ulsterbus connections from Limavady / Ballykelly both into Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine providing better links to Altnagelvin Hospital. 

•         Foyle Metro Shopping Centre Roadshow: -          Thurs 31st August – Sat 2nd Sept 2017 Foyleside Shopping Centre,10am – 7pm-      Mon 4th Sept 2017 – Lisnagelvin Shopping Centre, 10am – 6pm.


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