Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
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The National Transport Authority has announced Bus Éireann as the preferred bidder for the contract relating to the operation of five city bus routes in Waterford City. This followed a competitive process involving five bids from Irish and international companies.

NTA will be formally sending the company a detailed Letter of Intent in the coming weeks.

Anne Graham Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority said: "This is ultimately about improving bus services for people in Waterford City, and making public transport a more attractive option for members of the travelling public in the city.

"A significant benefit is the new fleet of 17 vehicles that we are purchasing for these services. The buses are powered by the latest Euro VI diesel engine, which are much cleaner in use than older diesel engines.

"They are all certified as 'low emission vehicles', which means that they generate about 30% less carbon emission than standard diesel buses.

"The vehicles are fitted with various technologies that capture and use energy normally lost through braking, making them very fuel efficient.

"These buses will be on the streets of Waterford in 2018, so last Thursday's announcement is not just good news for the people of Waterford, it is also good news for the environment."

All the buses will have a wheelchair space and a buggy space, plus a motorised ramp at the entrance door to allow wheelchairs to board easily.

USB chargers will be installed at every seat and WIFI will be available throughout.

The buses will also be equipped with audio "next stop" announcements and a visual display of the name of the next stop.

The most significant change in terms of frequency will be seen on Route 604 (Carrickphierish Rd. – The Quay), where the number of daily services is to increase from 15 to 21.

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