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120 double-decker electric buses to enter service next year

The National Transport Authority has ordered 120 double decker battery-electric buses which will enter passenger service next year.

The buses, Streetdeck Electroliner BEVs, will be manufactured and assembled by Wrightbus in Northern Ireland.

These 120 buses are part of a framework agreement which provides for the procurement of up to 800 zero-emission battery-electric buses over a period of five years.

The framework agreement now in place between the NTA and Wrightbus has the potential to be the single biggest bus procurement in the history of the State.

These will be the first battery-electric double decker buses to be added to the national bus fleet in Ireland. This initial order for 120 buses represents an investment by the Government of €80.4 million.

Of the 120 buses currently on order, 100 are destined for use by Dublin Bus and 20 are headed for Bus Éireann for use in the Limerick Metropolitan Area.

Buses from future orders may also be used to operate PSO bus services in other parts of Ireland, including the metropolitan areas of Cork, Galway and Waterford.