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Introducing Glider

Thursday 19 October 2017
Today at Bus World in Belgium we unveiled our new innovative mode of travel – Glider.
 
 
 
"the iconic new face of public transport in Belfast, energising the city"

This was a superb high-profile and international platform to showcase our impressive bus-based rapid transit vehicle and has already generated huge interest and excitement.

Glider is the iconic new face of public transport in Belfast, energising the city; it’s a major development for our business and will play a key role in the delivery of the draft Programme for Government as well as the City Council’s Belfast Agenda, attracting investors and visitors to enable the city to grow and prosper.

It will deliver a high capacity and high frequency service offering our customers faster, more reliable journeys with direct cross-city services between East and West Belfast, also linking into Titanic Quarter. It will deliver improved connectivity with a fully accessible and convenient service that takes advantage of bus priority and integrates into the wider bus and rail network.

Each diesel-electric hybrid vehicle will be more environmentally-friendly, reducing air pollution, and can accommodate more than 100 customers to meet passenger demand especially at peak times, freeing-up road space.

A new, smart and easy-to-use, off-vehicle ticketing system will speed up boarding times and offer excellent value-for-money fares.

Our customers will also be able to enjoy on-board WiFi and USB charging facilities, audio-visual ‘next stop’ and destination information plus there will be CCTV for safety and security.

I’d like to congratulate everyone who is working hard to deliver this transformational project and hope this latest important milestone motivates all of us to continue this exciting journey to successfully deliver Glider - together we’re transforming public transport for a more connected city.

We’ve a strong track record of success and introducing Glider, alongside our other bus, coach and rail services, reflects our ongoing commitment to keep people on the move, boosting our economy and creating a healthier, greener, less congested city.

Now that the brand and vehicle have been launched, we can all play our part in spreading the word about Glider – the new, effortless and smooth way to travel in Belfast. And, we can now look forward to the arrival of the first Glider vehicles in Northern Ireland later this year.

So, let’s go together and inspire more people to choose public transport, building momentum ahead of our Glider service launch in September 2018.

Find out more about Glider on our website and follow the conversation online using #GliderBelfast.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive
Published
20/10/2017

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