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New Year’s Day Winter Walk

Monday 1st January
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

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Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 7th January
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh
Free

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Have a go: Hedge laying

Saturday 20th January
Mount Stewart
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Meadow Management

Sunday 21st January
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) – The Opportunities in Energy Storage

Tuesday 23rd January
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY
£66

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Griddle Baking

Saturday 27th January
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Get Stuck In at Murlough

Sunday 28th January
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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£19m for Belfast Rapid Transit 27 November 2015

Transport Minister Michelle McIlveen has announced the award of a £19million contract to supply a fleet of 30 vehicles for the new Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) system

 

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Belgian–based company Van Hool won the contract and will be supported locally by Road Trucks Limited of Larne.

The new vehicles, known as Exqui.City, will be built over the next two and a half years, and are scheduled to come into service on the new BRT network in September 2018.

Michelle McIlveen said: “Today we see a very significant step forward in the Belfast Rapid Transit project which, as part of the Executive’s Programme for Government, is set to transform public transport in Belfast.

“The purchase of the new BRT vehicles represents a significant investment by the NI Executive in our public transport system. The sleek and modern vehicles will be specifically designed for Belfast and will mark a new era for public transport in Northern Ireland.

“I congratulate Van Hool on their successful bid in the open European procurement competition which attracted interest from manufacturers across Europe. I also want to congratulate Road Trucks Limited of Larne who will play a key role in this significant contract.”

The BRT vehicles will be 18 metre long articulated buses with a capacity of around 100 people. The tram–like buses will be a key part of the BRT system image. They will have three sets of double doors providing easier and quicker boarding and alighting, air conditioning and high quality materials for passenger comfort, CCTV for passenger safety and on–board passenger information screens, audio announcements and Wi–FI. The vehicles will utilise some of the latest hybrid technology with lower noise, vibration and pollutants.

Read more via NI Media Centre…