Thanks for swift response to Road Traffic Accident

Group Chief Executive's Weekly Message

"Employees from all over the company were involved in ensuring the incident was managed efficiently and professionally.""
25th September 2014



I would like to thank colleagues in bus operations and the incident care team for their swift response to Monday's road traffic accident near Omagh.

An Ulsterbus vehicle was carrying around 45 school pupils to a number of schools when it was involved in the incident with a car on Drumquin Road, County Tyrone on Monday morning. Emergency services were called to the scene and additional Translink vehicles were dispatched to transport some pupils onwards to hospitals. Employees from all over the company were involved in ensuring the incident was managed efficiently and professionally.

Following the accident, the Belfast Telegraph ran an article headlined 'Bus Safety fears as one in four found 'unroadworthy' We have acted quickly to respond to the article reassuring our passengers that the results of this annual survey represent the wider industry and are not a reflection of the safety records of Translink vehicles.

Safety is of course our top priority. We safely carry thousands of customers every day on our Metro and Ulsterbus services and all of our bus employees work hard to maintain our fleet and good bus safety record. We also carry well in excess of 60,000 school pupils every day and a full investigation into the circumstances of Monday's event is being carried out. As an organisation we pride ourselves on our bus safety regimes including bus maintenance, driver training and education for schools in all aspects of passenger safety.

Finally, Translink will be supporting the "World's Biggest Coffee Morning" Macmillan Cancer Support's flagship fundraising event tomorrow (September 26th) where people across Northern Ireland and the UK hold a coffee morning, with donations on the day being made to Macmillan. We will be putting the kettle on for Macmillan at locations including Central Station, Great Victoria Street, Carrick, Coleraine and Bangor.

Every day 23 people in Northern Ireland get told the devastating news that they have cancer but with events like this, more money can go to those families affected by cancer. Our work with Macmillan has raised over £15,000 since September 2013. We are pleased to have employees across the business coming together for a cup of coffee while also raising funds for Macmillan who deliver medical, emotional and practical support to the many families affected by cancer across Northern Ireland.

Gordon Milligan

Interim Group Chief Executive