Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC) is a public corporation established under the Transport Act (NI) 1967 to oversee the provision of public transport in Northern Ireland. It took over the railway and bus activities of the Ulster Transport Authority (UTA), incorporating Northern Ireland Railways and Ulsterbus.
In 1973 Citybus (now Metro) was incorporated to take over the bus services of the Belfast Corporation Transport Department. Translink is a brand name which was introduced in late 1996 to describe these integrated services.
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Role of NITHC
Its role is to approve the strategic direction of the operating companies and ensure their property governance. It also owns a portfolio investment throughout the Group.
The Chairmanship of NITHC is a non-executive position appointed by Government and like the other Directors is appointed for a renewable term of 3 years. The Board is serviced by a Director of Corporate Affairs. The Group Chief Executive of the subsidiary companies is also a member of the NITHC Board.
Translink is a brand name which was introduced in late 1996 to describe these integrated services.
Translink is the brand name of the 3 operating companies which operate scheduled bus and rail services in Northern Ireland, including cross-border and cross-channel links.
Translink is a convenient shorthand name to describe the combined operations of the 3 companies and effectively communicates the co-ordinated nature of bus and rail services. The operations of Metro, NI Railways and Ulsterbus are managed by a single integrated Executive Team