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Design Student in the Frame for Glider Success

28 May 2018

If you live, work or travel along the Glider route in East and West Belfast, chances are you’ve noticed that things are beginning to take shape at the new halts which have been erected along the route to facilitate the service.   

As well as fulfilling all the usual requirements of a public transport halt, such as seating, shelter and information boards, the Glider halts are obviously different -  they’re more modern and stylish, with a high quality ‘platform’ feel, as befits a brand new bespoke public transport service, and they’re also more roomy - but the halts aren’t just a more attractive bus shelter; they will also host brand new ticket machines and validators, and these are in the process of being installed in all 100+ new halts across Belfast.   

Don’t try to buy a ticket from one of them just yet, though; we have some testing and commissioning to complete before they will be activated in advance of the Glider service launch on 3 September. 

In order to further enhance the design of the halt structures, Translink worked alongside the School of Design at Ulster University to develop a special feature for the Glider halts in the city centre. As a result, one highly creative student’s designs, based on some of the city’s iconic features, are being incorporated into the roofs in the main city centre halts at Belfast Waterfront, City Hall, St. George’s Market, Wellington Place, Chichester Street, College Square East and Custom House Square. 

Robin Totten, Glider Senior Programme Manager for Translink, said: ‘‘The eye-catching new halts that passengers have already seen are a key component of Glider, and are in keeping with the high calibre public transport service that Glider aims to provide.  The ticketing and validation machines currently being installed at every halt – although not live just yet - are the first step on the roll-out of our new ticketing system, which will ultimately see contactless payment methods and other convenient means of ticket purchase being made available, making travel by public transport even easier.   

‘‘We have already had a lot of positive feedback on the new halts and we want the key locations in the heart of the city centre to be particularly special. That’s why we wanted to engage our local creative talent at Ulster University to help ensure that the city centre halts stand out. I’d like to congratulate Emily Osborne from the Ulster University School of Design, who has created a design that reflects the uniqueness of Belfast.’’ 

Clive Robinson, Belfast Rapid Transit Programme Manager for the Department for Infrastructure, said ‘‘The Department is very pleased with the positive response to the new halts and we believe that the city centre halts, incorporating Emily’s design, will further enhance their positive contribution to the city streetscape. Our focus is on getting the halts and other infrastructure fully completed before Belfast Rapid Transit goes live on 3 September – installation of the new shelters is due to complete by the end of July.’’ 

Ulster University Design student Emily Osborne said: ‘‘Glider will help drive Belfast forward, and it was very exciting to get the chance to create a small part of transport history.  I wanted to emphasise that Belfast is a city with a deep-rooted history but one that is looking firmly to the future, something Glider is part of.  I’m delighted to have created the winning piece, and it is a real honour to see it being installed in the Glider halts around the city centre.’’ 

More information on Glider, as well as details on forthcoming public information events, can be found at 



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