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Tidy Translink

Our work with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful concentrates on five key areas:


  1. Understand the Issues: Data is collected in support of initiatives undertaken, to help assess the need for such interventions, and measure the success of outcomes.
  2. Promote Awareness and Change Behavior: Campaigning activities are carried out to raise awareness of LEQ issues, educate and change the behavior of target groups.
  3. Involve Communities: Local communities play a very important role in both creating and addressing LEQ issues on Translink’s property. Therefore it is vital the work of the partnership involves these groups where practical. 
  4. Enhance Facilities: Providing clean, well maintained and attractive facilities will ensure customer satisfaction, and a pleasant working environment for staff.
  5. Develop Inter-Organisation Communication: The role of communication in-house at Translink and with external organisations is vital to ensure continued success in tackling LEQ issues.
TIDY Translink Awards Programme Results 2014

The TIDY Translink programme has grown and developed over the past seven years into a driving force for the encouragement of cleaner and brighter facilities; supporting employees to develop a culture of continuous Safety, Health and Environmental improvement.

Each facility is independently assessed once a year by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, with the scoring of each assessment category judged on activities undertaken and progress made during the preceding 12 months.

There are seven performance assessment categories:

  • General Cleanliness: We operate to ensure our facility is free from graffiti, litter and is well-maintained and aesthetically pleasing
  • Health & Wellbeing: We operate to ensure staff are demonstrating an active participation in health & wellbeing programmes
  • Translink Brand: We operate to ensure our Translink branded materials are well presented & maintained to a professional standard
  • Facility Enhancement: We operate to ensure our facility is presented to its full potential
  • Environment & Community: We operate to support the local community in their efforts to improve local environment quality and that both staff and the public are made aware of any environmental issues which affect them
  • Resource Management: We operate to ensure the most efficient use of resources and that any waste is managed effectively
  • Safety: We operate to ensure a safe working environment for our facility.

Locations are rigorously assessed in the above categories, and then awarded either a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum TIDY Translink award standard.

Translink Group Environmental Manager Andy Bate said:

“Following a review carried out last year, the TIDY Translink awards criteria was extended to include health and wellbeing, and safety elements and are now based on seven categories rather than 10.  The results reveal our employees’ exceptional commitment to providing an attractive bus and rail network for both passengers and colleagues to enjoy.  

“These awards play an important role in our company-wide corporate responsibility strategy in which we strive for continuous environmental safety, health and environmental improvement.

“When our facilities are attractive, it encourages more people to travel by bus and train and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful to ensure our facilities are maintained to the highest possible standards”

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in delivering such a fantastic set of results,” said Andy

Chief Executive of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Ian Humphreys said:

“I am delighted to see a record number of facilities achieving the prestigious Platinum Award this year.  Maintaining and raising such high standards reflects the passion and commitment of Translink staff.  The hard work to improve the public’s experience of their facilities goes the extra mile in supporting our communities, schools and local environment.  Such dedication is helping more people make the logical switch to using public transport.”

This year’s results include: 

Platinum winners - Antrim UB & NIR, Bangor NIR, Coleraine UB & NIR, Downpatrick UB, Lisburn NIR, Foyle Street UB, Newry UB, Portadown NIR.

Gold winners - Ballymoney NIR, Belfast Central NIR, Carrickfergus NIR Coleraine Engineering, Dungannon UB, Europa UB, GVS NIR, Laganside UB, Limavady UB, Magherafelt UB, Newcastle UB, Newry NIR.

Silver winners - Armagh UB, Ballyclare UB, Ballymena Engineering, Ballymena UB, Bangor UB, Craigavon UB, Jordanstown NIR, Larne UB, Larne Town NIR, Lisburn UB, Newtownards UB, Strabane UB.

Bronze winners - Ballymena NIR, Botanic NIR, Cookstown UB, Enniskillen UB, Greenisland NIR, Lurgan NIR, Newtownabbey Engineering, Omagh UB, Yorkgate NIR.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

The full report can be downloaded here.