04/08/2008

Two 'Green' Buses Operating At Giant's Causeway

Translink has introduced two new mini buses to operate the shuttle services at the Giant's Causeway between the visitors centre and the stones.

The modern low floor design offers easy access for all with 27 seats on board and room for a passenger in a wheelchair.

The first of their type in Ireland, the bus were chosen as they are particularly suitable for areas where access is restricted, as is the case at the Causeway.

They are also built to the latest environmental standards with reduced carbon emissions. In addition, they boast a modern new livery specifically designed to be in keeping with the Giant's Causeway theme.

Local District Manager, Jonathan Miller explained: "This is a very popular service and as a World Heritage site, visitor numbers are growing each year.
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"We work very closely with the National Trust to make this attraction as accessible as possible to everyone and with a steep slope down to the stones many people chose to use the bus, particularly those with walking difficulties or parents with small children.

"These new vehicles are being very well received by everyone and are seen as a showcase for public transport in NI.

"For many visitors, it is their first experience of using the bus and they have been most impressed with the quality and comfort they offer," he added.

Welcoming the new buses at the Giant's Causeway, Max Bryant, National Trust Property Manager, said: "The Giant's Causeway is Northern Ireland's premier tourism asset. In caring for this World Heritage Site, it is equally important that we care for the 600,000 tourists and locals who annually visit the stones.

"By providing the two new mini buses on site Translink are ensuring that those who visit the National Trust property have access to the spectacular views and the all famous stones. The fact that the buses have strong environmental credentials is also a welcome factor."

(PR/JM)

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