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North Antrim MP Ian Paisley has said that a £11.2 million investment for hydrogen fuel cell buses in Ballymena is excellent news.

The DUP MP said, "After a huge effort of lobbying various government departments I am delighted the first major steps towards securing a green energy future ans thousands of local jobs has at least been taken.

The government and industry award from Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) is part of £54 million commitment across three innovative automotive projects. £11.2 million is coming to Ballymena. This is significant news and shows that Northern Ireland is central to the UK hydrogen revolution.

I congratulate Jo Bamford and his team for their vision. The funding will allow the company realise ambitions of creating a centre of excellence for zero emission technology in Ballymena, enabling them to produce the next generation of world-leading hydrogen buses at a higher volume and a lower cost than ever before.

The safeguarding of more than 1,000 skilled jobs and the scope to create more than 3,000 additional jobs over the next ten years is hugely significant for the Northern Ireland economy as a whole.

Hard and consistent lobbying of government has been key. I would urge every local Department to buy into this opportunity and see what else can be done to make this green revolution a success."