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Bus Éireann takes delivery of 30 low emission coaches

Bus Éireann has taken delivery of 30 Futuras FHD2-139 from Dutch coach builder VDL Bus & Coach.

These low emission vehicles will be used for Expressway inter-regional bus services in a number of key locations including Waterford, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Donegal and Sligo.

The new Bus Éireann coaches are built in a public transport version with route indicators, TFT screens, charging points, camera system and WiFi.

The 30 Futuras have 59 luxury Class 500 seats with leather upholstery and adjustable headrests. All coaches are equipped with a lift, making them accessible to wheelchairs.

In addition, there is an advanced payment system on board which enables contactless payment via Android and Apple Pay.

Stephen Kent, chief executive officer of Bus Éireann said: “With the introduction of this new fleet of VDL coaches, we are optimistic about the expected increase in public transport passengers in the coming months, particularly the growth of our airport and student business.

“It is essential to have state-of-the-art vehicles, as this is a highly competitive market and customer expectations are increasing. This investment demonstrates our commitment to service and to improving both the customer experience and our commitment to reducing emissions.”

Marcel Jacobs, commercial director of VDL Bus & Coach said: “Our cooperation with Bus Éireann goes back almost 30 years.

“We are extremely proud of this relationship. It is also another good example of the diverse use of our Futura range, in this case for high-quality public transport on longer routes in Ireland.”