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New 'glider' buses unveiled in Belfast

Translink's new 'glider' buses are to go on display in Belfast

NEW 'glider' buses due to be rolled out across Belfast next year are to be put on public display today.

The £90 million project will see the new buses, deemed to be more environmentally friendly, put into service in September 2018.

Running around every eight minutes, the services will link the east and west of the city and the Titanic Quarter via the city centre in one of the biggest changes to public transport in the city.

Translink said the buses "will help improve air quality in the city and also boast a host of modern features like Wi-Fi and USB charging facilities".

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alliance councillor Nuala McAllister, welcomed the new buses.

"The glider service will encourage more people to opt for public transport which in turn helps to ease congestion and improve air quality, so it's a win-win situation for business, the economy, the environment and public health," she said.

The 18-metre bendy buses can be viewed at Custom House Square in Belfast from 11am to 3pm today.

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