NORTH Antrim MP Ian Paisley has welcomed news that the first hydrogen powered buses will soon be in use within Northern Ireland.
Orders from Translink have been placed with Ballymena firm Wrightbus, which will help meet Translink’s Carbon emission targets.
Commenting, the DUP MP said: “This order represents a very positive new chapter for both local bus building and for efforts to reduce our Carbon emissions.
“Wrightbus leads the world in the development of hydrogen technology for buses and these vehicles will be amongst the cleanest in the world.
“The only emissions from the vehicles will be water, and the hydrogen itself will be produced sustainably from a local windfarm.
“The buses represent the first step in the Prime Minister’s commitment to local bus building and I look forward to further success for Wrightbus in the future.
“I’m delighted to have worked on this project with Jo Bamford, who has thanked me for making this possible.”
Meanwhile, the Chair of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Borough Growth Committee, Councillor Gregg McKeen, has welcomed news that Translink have bought their first hydrogen fuelled-buses from Wrightbus.
Translink said it is a first step towards investing in zero carbon technology, to combat climate change and improve air quality.
Councillor Gregg McKeen said the news was an “endorsement in Wrightbus and manufacturing in Mid and East Antrim”.
He added: “I very much welcome the news that Translink are purchasing these hydrogen fuelled-buses from our local company, Wrightbus.
“The Wrightbus name has been renowned as a global leader in manufacturing and innovation, and this investment proves they are continuing to deliver results following challenging times.
“I would commend the efforts and commitment of those who bought this deal forward and secured this investment.”