Carrickefergus & Whitehead stations the winner in Translink Ulster in Bloom

Carrickefergus & Whitehead stations the winner in Translink Ulster in Bloom

"ties in perfectly with our ‘Go Together’ community strategy"
14 September 2012


Dear Colleagues,

Gardeners throughout Northern Ireland are celebrating following the announcement of the results of the 2012 Translink Ulster in Bloom Competition yesterday at Belfast Castle. Winners included Derry, Bangor, Coleraine, Ahogill, Broughshane, Glenarm and Scarva.  The horticultural talent of community groups and Translink employees was also recognised with Carrickfergus Train Station winning the Best Floral Station award and Brighter Whitehead community group achieving the Community Rail Halt Award for their work at Whitehead Train Station.

Translink has supported Ulster in Bloom for the past 14 years and it has been a very successful partnership.  It ties in perfectly with our ‘Go Together’ community strategy and helps us to engage passengers and local groups, but it also supports our ‘Go Eco’ drive by improving biodiversity in the towns and villages through Northern Ireland where we are based.  

This weekend sees the return of Northern Ireland’s biggest FREE food and drink festival, Taste NI 2012 at Custom House Square in Belfast.  Translink is the festival’s transport partner and we are encouraging visitors to make the most of a great day out by taking the bus or train from all over Northern Ireland to Belfast City Centre.  The festival, now in its fourth year will have food & drink tasters, free samples, chef demos, family fun, music and entertainment and admission is free.  Why not go along and enjoy this free family event.

This weekend also sees the beginning of several rail line closures between Ballymoney and Portrush to facilitate essential engineering works allied to the works between Coleraine and Londonderry. The line between Coleraine and Portrush will be closed for nine days between September 15th and 23rd with a bus substitution service in operation. The line between Ballymoney and Coleraine will also be closed on Saturday 15th and 22nd and Sunday 16th and 23rd September with a bus substitution in place. On both Sundays, there will be minor timetable variations on rail services between Belfast and Coleraine. 

Please help keep our passengers informed about these works and ensure they are aware of the steps we have taken to facilitate their travel while the works are on-going.

Catherine Mason,

Group Chief Executive