The company is a long established customer and has once again turned to Volvo for a fleet expansion following the purchase of 23 B5TL buses in 2017 and 45 B5TL vehicles in 2014.
Kay Sharkey, Translink Travel Centre Manager, said: “We are pleased to once again work in partnership with Volvo for the supply of these new state-of-the-art coaches, which provide the latest standards in comfort and quality.
“The new Volvo 9700 coaches will be used for international touring work to Europe while the B11R Jonckheere coaches will primarily be used for private hire; local tours and sports fixtures.
“Volvo were able to offer vehicles to meet our specifications. As we already operate a sizeable number of Volvos in our fleet, we were already familiar with the build quality, dependability and impressive fuel economy. We also rely on the excellent service provided by our dealer, Dennisons, thoughout Northern Ireland.”
The B11R 9700s are tri-axle 13 metre coaches and the B11R JHV2s are 12.57 metre two axle vehicles. All have 53 seats and come with onboard toilets.
Richard Mann, Volvo Retail Bus & Coach Sales Manager, added: “Translink has been a loyal Volvo customer for many years and we’re pleased that they’ve returned to us once again for their latest order.
“We have every confidence that they will continue to enjoy the reliability and fuel efficiency they expect from our vehicles and look forward to working with them again in the future.”
Translink is Northern Ireland’s main public transport provider, but these coaches will operate under its Ulsterbus Tours brand, which focuses on UK and European tours and private hire.
4 January 2019