BUS ÉIREANN has introduced 25 new low-emission buses on Cork city routes as part of a e6 million investment.
Despite cutbacks under some areas of the Government’s Transport 21 programme, the company was able to deliver on its promise in recent weeks to introduce the top-of-the-range Scania buses on some of the city’s busiest routes including:
* The number 6 — Grange, South Douglas Road, Turners Cross to the South Mall.
* The number 7 — Donnybrook, Douglas, Douglas Road, through St Patrick’s Street to Dillon’s Cross and Ballyvolane.
* The number 8 — Bishopstown, Wilton, Western Road to St Patrick’s Street and on to Summerhill North, Dillon’s Cross and Mayfield.
* The number 10A — South Mall, to Mahon and Jacob’s Island.
* And the number 14 — Cork University Hospital, Wilton Shopping Centre, Togher Road, The Lough to St Patrick’s Street.
The 75-passenger vehicles feature extra high seats and tinted windows for added comfort. They have digital displays on the side showing passengers the vehicle route and destination.
The wheelchair compatible buses can take 46-seated and 29-standing passengers.
The vehicle ramps can also be dropped to footpath level by an in-built kneeling suspension system.
When a wheelchair user is on board, capacity is 43-seated and 29-standing.
The buses feature a state-of-the-art CCTV system to improve customer and driver safety.
They also meet the highest EU emissions standards, which will help to reduce Bus Éireann’s carbon emissions. “The new city buses provide our customers on these popular routes with extra seating and higher levels of comfort,” Bus Éireann regional manager Joe FitzGerald said. “These buses are an excellent demonstration of how switching to the bus can save you money, while also ensuring a comfortable journey.”
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