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Northern Ireland Bus Operations

Northern Ireland Bus Operations

RE: Translink
(21 Nov 2013, 10:18 pm)andreos1 wrote Nah, Father Dougal did Speed 3 on his milkfloat...

ah aye of course he did. Forgot about that haha. Speed 4 then?
RE: Northern Ireland Bus Operations
Although primarily based in 'Norn Ireland', it appears Translink have a service working across the UK.

Saw a coach on the A1 heading south earlier and after a quick search online, it appears it was a cross- channel service that would normally run down the M6/M74 from Glasgow to Carlisle and Birmingham before heading south.

Has anyone ever used it or know much about it?
'Illegitimis non carborundum'
RE: Northern Ireland Bus Operations
Sampled the Translink operation in Belfast not too long ago, the majority of which seem to be Wright bodied vehicles.
Noticed the P&R routes had Versas on them.

Because my knowledge of the NI registration system (on a score of 10 being good and 0 being bad), is 0 - I could only base my knowledge of the fleet age, to the bodies on them.
Streetdecks being brand new and Gemini 1's/Renowns being the oldest.

Managed to avoid the Streetdecks and had a go on an Alx400, Gemini 1's & 2's (one of which of the newer version, was in a bread company contravision wrap*) and a Renown.

The Gemini 2's had e-leather seating and seatbelts. No idea why the seatbelts were installed. Express work? New legislation?
The Alx400 rolled off onto Scholars work just after we got off and didn't have any installed. The windows were shot though and were half full of water!

The day ticket on offer is only £3.00/£3.50 and allows travel across the city (or wherever you dare travel to).
It uses the Oyster/Key/POP method, of placing your card onto the ticket machine.

*Just to dig up an old debate that I kept well clear of - I could see out of the window, but I couldn't focus on anything specific - particularly at speed.
'Illegitimis non carborundum'
RE: Northern Ireland Bus Operations
I've booked a trip to Derry flying into Belfast, this will be my third time in Northern Ireland, second time in a year. I will also get to sample the Goldline coaches the only element of transport I have not tried there yet
RE: Northern Ireland Bus Operations
Having returned two days ago from Derry/Belfast I made some interesting observations at the buses. All Belfast buses now have London style ibis with siri voicing the announcements, even RENOWNS now have NSAs. The goldline coaches were great, I had an Irizar 6 and a double decker caetano levante, both had WiFi, USB sockets and reclining seats. Derry is a sparse place in my opinion but interesting, the buses are nymbered using FY (with Derry being on the River Foyle) and the FY2 was the bus to my hotel, operated by some of the best solars I have ever travelled on