Public Transport services contract awarded

Group Chief Executive - Weekly Newsletter

23rd October 2015

This week, I am very pleased to announce some great news. After two years of negotiations and a lot of hard work from our legal, operations and finance teams, the Company has, for the first time in its history, been awarded a contract to supply Northern Ireland passengers with the public transport services they have come to use and enjoy.

The new public service contract will run from October 2015 for at least 5 years, and cements the implementation of European and Northern Ireland legislation.  Translink is confirmed as the main provider of public transport services with exclusive rights to operate the timetabled network in Northern Ireland.

Looking to the future of the Company, we want this new contract to be a success and the first of many successive public service contracts we receive. To keep us on our toes, there is a requirement under European Community Regulation 1370/2007 that Translink’s public transport services should be efficient and well run. Consequently each of our subsidiary companies will have Key Performance Obligations and it is against these standards they will be measured going forward.
I would like to thank all colleagues involved in the process, including our counterparts at the Department for Regional Development. This is an important milestone in the Company’s history and I am proud to have signed the contract of behalf of Translink.
As you will know, the safety of our passengers and employees is paramount.  In order to promote rail safety, this weekend we will be conducting a graphic re-enactment of a collision scene on the Knockmore back line, near Crumlin to remind pedestrians and motorists of the very serious consequences of trespassing on or near tracks.

The incident will be run in partnership with the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and PSNI and will simulate a car being struck at a crossing by a train.

While this is a great opportunity for us to work with the emergency services in the handling of a simulated incident, it is also a chance for us to highlight  to motorists and pedestrians the very real risks associated with taking risks at level crossings.  Whether incidents result from a temporary lapse in concentration or a conscious decision to ignore the warning lights flashing or barriers dropping down, the results are the same.

Thanks to everyone involved in this event and I look forward to reviewing the many learnings and recommendations which I have no doubt will come out of it.

Chris Conway

Group Chief Executive