Translink is the brand name for the public transport group of operating companies of Ulsterbus, Northern Ireland Railways and Citybus, which trade under the brand name Metro. Translink operate the majority of bus and rail services in Northern Ireland, with approximately 80 million journeys made on Translink services every year by the 1.76 million population of Northern Ireland.
Translink rolled out approximately 280 Handheld Ticketing Machines on NI Railways services as part of the Integrated Ticketing Project in 2003.
Translink Handheld Ticket Machines are nearing the end of their useful lives after being in operation for approximately eight years.
Translink therefore need to replace the current Handheld Ticket Machines by the end of December 2013 at the latest. Translink envisage that the contract would be awarded in Q3 of 2011, with the new hand-held ticketing hardware, software and associated back office system implemented by Q2 of 2012.
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