Ballymena company Wrightbus gets order for 179 buses

a wrightbus Wrightbus employs about 1,000 people

Related Stories

Ballymena company Wrightbus has won an order for 179 buses from the biggest bus and rail operator in the UK.

The £28m order is for 179 of the Ballymena company's smaller lightweight buses.

The StreetLite range has been developed entirely by Wrightbus.

Managing director Mark Nodder said this was a "new era" for the company as it was now designing, developing and building buses from scratch.

The order will require investment in a new chassis building facility, but overall job numbers at the Ballymena company are not significantly affected.

Wrightbus employs about 1,000 people in the bus division with another 400 in related companies.

The company has been making buses for FirstGroup for 17 years and this is the latest in a long line of orders.

Last year it signed a £41m deal to supply 550 double-decker buses to Singapore.

But its biggest deal is pending from Transport for London in an expected order for 600 so-called Boris Buses - the modern replacement for the iconic routemaster - now named after the London Mayor.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Northern Ireland stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • KnucklesGood or bad?

    For many it can be very satisfying to 'crack' the bones in your hand, but is it bad for you?


  • BatteriesClick Watch

    More power to your phone - the lithium-ion batteries that could last twice as long

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.