Go Eco with Bio Buzz

"respecting and protecting natural habitats."
7th June 2013


Dear Colleagues,

Last night, a suspected engine defect resulted in a fire on the Enterprise train near Newry. This required the quick actions of our rail colleagues – in particular the driver and conductor on board - and the emergency services. As you know, safety is our top priority; there were no injuries reported and a full investigation is underway. I would like to thank all those involved on the ground and in Central Station for managing and controlling the incident, and helping and reassuring our passengers. Thanks too for getting services running again so speedily.

This week in Stormont, the Committee for Regional Development discussed Translink’s financial performance, in particular asking questions about profits / reserves and the NILGOS pension scheme. You may have seen coverage in the media. We were happy to respond, saying:

“We note that the CRD has recognised the successful financial performance of Translink in the past years which has meant that profit / reserves have been accumulated. Prudent financial management means these reserves will be available for the future financial sustainability of the business as public funding reduces, if services are to be maintained. We will be publishing the Annual Report and Accounts for 2012/13 in the coming weeks – these will show that Translink has had a successful past 12 months with over 1.5 million more fare paying journeys on bus and train services. We are carrying forward profits earned in 2012/13 to further invest in the business and in order to keep fares as low as possible in 2013/14. The annual report and accounts detail all background with regards to the NILGOS pension scheme of which Translink is one of 300 public sector members.”

Also this week, we are always trying to be innovative and different to get the attention of our customers and to promote our Go Eco theme, so this week we launched our ‘Bio Buzz’ project. We are asking our passengers to record sightings of biodiversity while travelling on the bus and train, supporting our Biodiversity Action Plan. This fits into our Go Eco theme because, as a responsible business, we work to respect the environment in which we operate and we will use our ‘Bio Buzz’ records to help make informed decisions about how to best protect natural habitats.

Sightings can be anything from insects to birds, shrubs to wildflowers or even badgers and bats – they can be sightings on board services or while waiting at local stations. All information can be used to help us build a useful company record about biodiversity living within our passenger transport network. Passenger records including images can be emailed to [email protected] or sent via Twitter @Translink_NI #biobuzz. Click www.translink.co.uk/biobuzz for more details.

Catherine Mason

Group Chief Executive