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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Fancy buying a bus? Dublin Bus gets 90 new vehicles - and sells old ones online

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD, today (Tuesday) at Dublin Bus Central Control, Broadstone, officially unveiled 90 new state of the art double decker buses which will operate on routes across Dublin
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD, today (Tuesday) at Dublin Bus Central Control, Broadstone, officially unveiled 90 new state of the art double decker buses which will operate on routes across Dublin

DUBLIN Bus has announced the arrival of 90 new vehicles as part of a €35m government investment.

Routes 13, 15, 27 and 40 will all get an upgrade of new fuel-efficient vehicles which Dublin Bus said would be “quieter” and “more comfortable.”

They also have enough space for two wheelchairs – other buses can only cater for one.

Free Wifi, CCTV cameras and bilingual passenger information will also be available, and are being added to the rest of the fleet.

Meanwhile, the bus service hopes to cash in on the

old vehicles by selling them online.

A spokeswoman said that 90 old vehicles will be sold through private entities and Donedeal.ie.

Dublin Bus said this was its largest single acquisition of new vehicles in one year and that it would apply for more in 2016.

The service has seen a 2pc increase in passengers hopping on board in the first quarter of this year.

It has purchased 320 new buses since 2012.

Boost

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said the government investment in Dublin Bus would help further boost passenger numbers.

“[The new vehicles] will provide greater comfort and convenience for Dublin Bus customers and will contribute to providing a more sustainable mode of transport,” he said.

The new buses were manufactured by Volvo in Sweden as well as the Wrights Group in Ballymena.

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