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For a more connected City


Glide Through the City and Arrive Fresh and Ready
A new mode of travel for an energised Belfast.
Translink is transforming public transport in Belfast in line with our Vision ‘To Be Your First Choice for Travel in Northern Ireland.’
We have ambitious plans to deliver excellent bus and rail services that will enhance connectivity and help to unlock the full potential of Belfast as a forward looking, dynamic and ambitious City, driven by talent and ready for investment.
Glider is a new, innovative mode of travel for Belfast, set to further enhance the image of the city and inspire even more people to choose public transport.
Gilder, the iconic new face of public transport for the ever-evolving Belfast. Easy to use, frequent, accessible, convenient and still excellent value, it’s the service our City deserves.

Energising Belfast from September 2018.

First public impressions of Glider
"It's very impressive, Modern and sleek"


Introducing Glider
Glider….the new, effortless and smooth way to travel, Glide through city traffic and arrive fresh and ready on a modern and high tech mode of travel, providing direct cross-city services between the east and the west of the City and linking into Titanic Quarter. Metro bus feeder services will connect Glider passengers to the Dundonald and Colin residential areas
Representing an investment of over £90m, it will deliver a high quality, high capacity, bus-based rapid transit system that makes way for a transformational change and a more connected City, bringing people and communities together.


Supporting the Programme for Government
and the Belfast Agenda
Public transport will be at the heart of a transforming Belfast. The new Glider service will energise our capital City and enable easy and convenient travel for more people to more places.
Glider is an Executive Flagship Project supporting an energised, well connected Belfast and is a key element in the delivery of the draft Programme for Government. The City Council’s Belfast Agenda, a new vision for Belfast in 2035, sets out the following bold ambitions:
new residents
to attract 70,000 new residents
out-of-state tourism
double the economic value of out-of-state tourism
£1 billion investmen
attract £1 billion investment towards real estate and regeneration projects

First public impressions of Glider
"It’s very comfortable and sounds easy to use"


Halts & Interchanges
The Glider system introduces new style halts and interchanges. These will be in keeping with the high calibre service on offer.
• High quality 'platform' feel
• Larger enhanced shelters with real time electronic passenger information
• Ticket machines and validators
• Mixture of seating types
• 30% fewer stops, around 400m apart facilitating faster, more regulated journeys
• Cycle parking at key locations
Key interchanges for Glider are located at Dundonald in the east and Colin in the west. Glider will serve both these important hubs and enable interchange with Metro feeder services. The hub at Colin will be part of a wider community facility and the hub at Dundonald is already a well-established Park and Ride site which in the future will facilitate Park and Glide. Patronage on the high frequency Park and Ride bus services has grown by over 28% in the last 2 years.


Ticketing & Real-Time Information
We will be commencing the roll-out of our new ticketing systems with the introduction of Glider. New ticketing has a keen focus on integration, flexibility and convenience, with customers preferring to use products like mLink - mobile phone ticketing.
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Our plans support many of the draft Programme for Government's 14 outcomes, from unlocking the economic potential, to supporting a more inclusive, healthier society while helping to protect the environment.
Job Creation
Job Creation
More than 100 Translink jobs are being created in the Greater Belfast area as part of this investment. Roles include new drivers and Customer and Revenue Protection Officers.

First public impressions of Glider
"It’s great for Belfast, very futuristic and high tech"


New Belfast Rapid Transit Glider Vehicle Unveiled
The new Belfast Rapid Transit Glider vehicle has been unveiled today at the Busworld Europe exhibition in Belgium
The new Glider service will come into operation in September 2018 and is set to transform public transport in Belfast. It will offer passengers a modern, efficient public transport service with shorter, more reliable journey times and high frequency services.
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