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Public transport at the heart of community

Monday 18 September 2017

This week is European Mobility Week and the theme this year is 'Sharing gets you further'. The messages are simple…by using shared forms of transport we can reduce our expenses and lower our carbon footprint. Best of all, we can meet new people and make our journey more sociable.

 

 
 
 
"constantly proving we can deliver high quality transport options across Northern Ireland"

To mark this, we are taking the opportunity to this week launch our new ‘Your Journey to Good Mental Health’ campaign with our charity partner, Action Mental Health promoting the many ‘smartmover’ health and social benefits of using public transport. Also this week we are unveiling the results of the 2017 Ulster in Bloom competition in Derry~Londonderry. This competition sees local Councils, communities and businesses work together to make our cities, towns and villages across Northern Ireland look their best, boosting civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays. From being out and about I know some of our stations were looking great and good luck to everyone involved for Thursday.

Work continues to progress on the flagship “Belfast Rapid Transit” project. Just last week work began on Colin Town Centre Transport Hub and Civic Square in West Belfast. This new centre will provide a significant economic boost to the local area providing better public transport links as well as a state of the art community centre. It is great to be able to bring public transport to the heart of communities.

At Translink we are constantly striving to be “Your First Choice for Travel in Northern Ireland” and over the summer we proved that we can provide high quality transport options for a wide range of regionally significant events, such as the UEFA Women’s U19s Championship, the Women’s Rugby World Cup and more recently we carried over 8,700 passenger journeys to Proms in the Park at Coole Castle in Enniskillen. Most recently we also secured the contract to operate Park and Ride for all Ulster Rugby home matches at the Kingspan Stadium as well as our special buses from Europa. This is another endorsement of the hard work we all do in delivering the Translink SPIRIT to our passengers.

This Friday we will support Culture Night both in Derry~Londonderry and Belfast. In Belfast we are sponsoring the events being held at the City Hall. Additionally, our charity partner, Action Mental Health, is putting on special performances of their Ukulele Band in Europa and Central throughout the afternoon. Up to 100,000 people are expected at Culture Night Belfast, and I’d like to thank all of you involved in delivering the late-night services and keeping the public informed with travel updates. In Derry~Londonderry we are surprising and delighting our Foyle Metro passengers with Music on the Metro. There will also be a special filmed performance on the train from Derry~Londonderry in the afternoon which will form part of both cities’ joint City of Culture bid for 2023. Visit www.translink.co.uk/culturenight/ for more details.   

 

 

 
 
 
 

Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive
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