Global and Translink work in partnership to create the future of bus advertising with the island of Ireland’s first digital bus screens

(L-R): Norman Maynes, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Translink and Martin Heatley, General Manager of Global in Northern Ireland.

Global, the Media & Entertainment group, in partnership with Translink, Northern Ireland’s public transport provider, have launched a trial of the country’s first digital bus advertising screens.

The displays are a digital version of the popular bus Superside format, on the pedestrian-facing side of a double deck bus, the new digital LED screens are not only the first-of-their-kind on the island of Ireland, but also the first full-size digital Superside panels in the UK.

The trial includes two digital screens operating on Translink’s new zero-emission battery electric vehicles in Belfast after a 12-month project that has involved Global and Translink, together with local bus manufacturer, Wrightbus and local technology partner, SVi Digital Systems. Following a successful trial period, the additional Superside displays will result in network of digital Superside screens across the Belfast Metro fleet.

The Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) approved screens will deliver high quality and high-definition broadcasting capabilities. In-built brightness controls ensure the brightness levels adjust according to the environmental conditions, with after dark levels set to meet safety requirements ensuring that displays are optimised and clearly legible but without glare during the hours of darkness.

A successful trial will spell the beginning of a new era for bus advertising by offering advertisers a host of new benefits that includes copy rotation, dynamic campaign abilities, location-targeting, increased flexibility through creative changes and shorter advertising lead times.

Martin Heatley, General Manager of Global in Northern Ireland, commented: “We are incredibly proud to be leading the way in transit digitisation along with our partner, Translink. The addition of digital bus Supersides enhances and compliments the already impressive benefits of traditional bus advertising with a bright, smart, and green solution”.

Commenting on the new green bus advertising solution, Norman Maynes, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Translink said: “As we start to realise our ambitious plans to transform public transport and decarbonise our fleet to become net-zero by 2040, the trial of a digital bus advertising solution represents a natural step in delivering a sustainable, green and innovative bus advertising solution that also aligns with our Climate Positive Strategy”.


About Global Northern Ireland

Global is one of Northern Ireland’s leading outdoor media companies, with an extensive portfolio that combines advertising across the Translink bus network, roadside posters, retail and digital advertising opportunities in prime locations and environments. A marketing-leading portfolio of over 5,000 sites across bus, traditional and digital, Global reaches individuals in every postcode area across Northern Ireland.

Global Northern Ireland is part of Global, one of the world’s leading Media & Entertainment groups.

About Translink

Translink is the accessible, inclusive, and green public transport provider that helps Northern Ireland reconnect people and places. Providing around 12,500 services every day across NI Railways, Goldline, Ulsterbus and Metro bus and train services.