Bus & Rail Service Changes Agreed with Trade Unions

Group Chief Executive's Weekly Message

22nd July 2015

Today we welcomed agreement with our Unite trade union colleagues which will mean that the planned bus and train service changes will be implemented with effect from 1 September 2015.

Following public consultation earlier this year, these service changes were put on a three month hold to allow additional time for discussion between Translink, Unite Trade Union and the Minister for Regional Development. We have also agreed to establish a joint working group which will examine the long term impact of the reduced budget of the company.

While there will be a reduction to the overall workforce, this is being addressed through a recruitment freeze, redeployment and natural attrition. There will be no compulsory redundancies for front line staff as a result of these service changes.

These forthcoming service changes are just part of our overall plans to reduce our costs due to the funding reductions.  Earlier this year we also identified long term savings of more than £3m per annum from within management and overhead costs through reductions in manpower and more efficient working.

We have worked hard to minimize the impact of the reduced funding on front line services and have been able to protect the geographic coverage of the network albeit with some reduced frequency on some services.  This was the overwhelming feedback from customers throughout our consultation which was the largest consultation exercise we have ever held with over 5,000 responses.

We will continue to work with trade union colleagues to deliver quality and sustainable bus and train services for Northern Ireland. 

Our focus will remain on reducing costs, enhancing value for money and providing improvements to make our services attractive as more and more people choose the bus and train.

David Strahan

Group Chief Executive