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Public Transport

Public Transport Services Division is responsible for the discharge of statutory and other duties in respect of public transport in Northern Ireland. This Division sponsors the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company,and provides financial and administrative support to help ensure the operational delivery of transport policy in Northern Ireland. This extends to the planning, delivery and governance of public transport in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company

The Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC) was established under Section 47 of the Transport Act (Northern Ireland) 1967. Under this legislation the Holding Company shall consist of a chairman and not more than eight other directors all of whom shall be members thereof and shall be appointed by the Minister. The chairman and other directors of the Holding Company shall be appointed from among persons who appear to the Minister to have had wide experience of, and to have shown capacity in, transport, industrial, commercial or financial matters or to have other adequate or suitable experience, and the Minister in appointing them shall have regard to the desirability of including among them persons who are directors of, or concerned in the management of, the subsidiaries of the Holding Company.

NITHC is a Public Corporation and its responsibilities include holding and managing property assets and the oversight, in terms of support, control and supervision, of its private limited subsidiary companies, the principal ones being Ulsterbus, Metro (previously Citybus) and Northern Ireland Railways, trading jointly as Translink. It is expected to operate commercially and has a duty to operate in line with Ministerial policy.

Funding of £200m has been provided by the Department for Regional Development between 2004/05 and 2014/15 to assist Translink in the purchase of new buses and the upgrade of bus stations, workshops and garages. This funding has enabled Translink to purchase over 1,000 buses from 2004/05 to 2014/15.

The Division is responsible for the operational delivery of the Rural Transport Fund and the Transport Programme for People with Disabilities.  It is also responsible for the management of the Rathlin Ferry contract and of Donaghadee Harbour.  The Division is responsible for the Travelwise NI initiative.

To find out more about some of the schemes we run you should visit the NI Direct website.

More information on the Travelwise initiative is available at: