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21 new carriages for NI Railways

Monday 10 December 2018

I was pleased to sign a major contract for 21 new train carriages last week, which will provide much needed capacity to cope with increasing customer demand. The new carriages, which will be supplied by CAF, will provide around 1400 additional seats on busy routes. Passenger numbers have grown by more than 100% in the last 10 years, reaching 15m last year, the highest in Northern Ireland Railways’ 50-year history. This has followed the introduction of new rail fleet, infrastructure investment and service and timetable enhancements alongside a continued focus on improving the overall customer experience. This new capacity will help build on this success.

"Passenger numbers have grown by more than 100% in the last 10 years, reaching 15m last year, the highest in NI Railways’ 50-year history."

Our “Stuff a Bus” Christmas appeal for 15,000 gifts is going well. We are working with U105 to collect toys and gifts for St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army. Last year’s 10,000 toys target was smashed, filling two buses; and I’m optimistic we can pack a double deck bus full of gifts this Christmas. There are banks at 15 locations across our network for donations, for children of all ages. Staff in host stations are getting into the festive spirit and supporting the campaign, demonstrating the best of the Translink SPIRIT, e.g. staff in Banbridge have arranged a raffle to raise money to buy toys. Details of where the donation banks can be found on this page: so please support our appeal if you can!

There was extra festive atmosphere in Lanyon Place Station yesterday for a special cinematic experience, with showings of the animated Christmas movie, ‘Polar Express’. Santa will also be arriving by Glider to Colin Town Square on Thursday 13th December to switch on the lights on the Colin Christmas Tree. Local children and parents will have an opportunity to get their photo taken with Santa in the new Colin Connect transport hub and receive a gift.

Translink buses will be featuring on artwork created by 4-12 year olds’ as part of an art competition being organised by the Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon. The Fun Run Art Competition finalists work will be displayed on a big screen in the Finish Area in Ormeau Park on Sunday, 5th May. As the marathon’s official transport partner, Translink is pleased to be supporting the Primary School Artwork Competition. Designing the Fun Run Certificate is a creative way for young people to think about the benefits of getting regular exercise by using active travel modes such as walking, cycling, bus and train.

Finally, tickets are on sale for the Annual Translink Staff Charity Christmas Ballot, with some great prizes up for grabs. Tickets are £1, or a whole book is £10. The draw takes place on Thursday, 13th December in the Training Room, Floor 1A, 22 Great Victoria Street.



Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive