Guidance and information for third parties (adjacent land owners, statutory authorities, utility companies, consulting engineers, property developers, etc..) planning to undertake works or activities on or near Translink property that may affect the railway or bus operations.
We in the Property and Structures Department are tasked with managing the activities of third parties who want to carry out works on or near the railway and bus infrastructure.
As a consequence of the railways topography there is an inherent interface with third parties across Northern Ireland. Third party activities can range from minor domestic works by adjacent property owners to the construction of new bridges over the railway line. However, despite the complexity of any activity there is always potential for increased risks when undertaking works in close proximity to the railway.
Third parties engaging with Translink/NI Railways to carry out work are required:
- To conform to the relevant NI Railways rules, procedures and standards as well as the normal legal conditions such as wayleaves, licences or commercial agreements.
- Demonstrate that the proposed works or activities will be appropriately planned, designed and constructed to ensure they will not impact the railway or bus services.
Translink have a team of engineers that will provide advice to anyone who is planning works. Our Third Party Works Engineer is dedicated to co-ordinating third party activities and can be contacted on: 028 9035 4075.
Throughout the consultation process we will provide the necessary guidance documents and competency training information to third parties planning to undertaking activities on or near the railway. We will work together to ensure the necessary authorisation is in place and the works are undertaken in compliance with NIR requirements for working on or near the railway.
The following documents will assist you in progressing with your works:
Third Party Works Application Form
The form should be returned to Gary Smyth, Third Party Works Engineer, Structures Section, Infrastructure Division, Translink – NIR, 3 Milewater Road, Belfast , BT39BG or by email Gary.Smyth@Translink.co.uk
NIR Contractor Safety Requirements
NIR Contractor Safety Requirements apply to third party contracts where a party, other than NIR, engages a Contractor to carry out work on or near NIR Infrastructure. In such circumstances the third party client should engage with NIR’s third party works engineer as early as possible to ensure that the safety requirements are understood and notified to the third party contractor. The third party client shall ensure that the NIR Contractor Safety Requirements are included in any contract for works on or near NIR Infrastructure. No works may commence until NIR is assured of this requirement. Once agreed with NIR the Contractor’s Representative may engage directly with NIR’s Third Party Works Engineer in managing compliance with the requirements.
Contractor Track Safety – Personal Track Safety (PTS) Course
Personnel who are required to work on or near to the railway track are required to pass a personal track safety course. This should be organised well in advance of commencing work as a specific medical and toxicology must be passed before the training can be undertaken.
Details of approved medical and training suppliers can be obtained from the Translink Training Academy on 028 9038 7598.
Track Visitors Pass: This pass can only be used under special circumstances, for example if you have been authorised to go on or near the line for a “one off” visit or inspection under the supervision of a Track Safety Coordinator (TSC)