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Commentary: Job Losses at Wrightbus a Hard Blow, but Hydrogen Bus Opportunities Must be Secured

By May 23, 2020 2   min read  (243 words)

May 23, 2020 |

Commenting on the job losses at Wrightbus local TUV MLA Jim Allister said:- “The loss of up to 125 jobs at Wrightbus so soon after the euphoria of the Bamford takeover is a hard blow for the workforce and district.”

“The key task now is to ensure this is the last we hear of job losses at Wrightbus. That can be achieved by the government and all other interests getting behind the hydrogen bus revolution that Wrightbus is leading. In the green energy alternatives Wrightbus producing hydrogen-fuelled buses is the far better option for Northern Ireland, and indeed the whole U.K., than preference to the battery charged buses whose technology mostly comes from China. Some recent promotion of such battery-driven buses by the Department of Transport in London is not helpful.

“Wrightbus will ultimately be able to produce both but its head start in hydrogen must not be wasted.

“Indeed, what is now required is a concerted effort by Stormont, private enterprise and the local council to create a hydrogen hub in Ballymena, which is something I will be asking to discuss with the Economy Minister in the near future.“

TUV council leader, Cllr Timothy Gaston, added:  “Council must, and I believe will, join in any concerted effort to ensure the future of Wrightbus. Creating a hydrogen hub in Ballymena is, I believe, the way to go and therefore I will be trying with colleagues to energise this drive.”

Source: TUV Voice

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