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Monday 22 October 2018

As part of our vision ‘to be Your first choice for travel’ it’s essential we meet the needs of young people. Last year, our first ever Youth Summit was a big success offering a fun and creative platform to generate constructive discussion and debate around Translink services, products, passenger experience and priorities.

"reflecting our commitment to community engagement"

Working again in partnership with the NI Youth Forum, this year’s Youth Summit (#TYS18) will take place on November 17 in Belfast Met, Titanic Quarter, when we will meet more young people to discuss exciting developments over the past year like the yLink card buy online option.

This event will be an effective way for Translink and young people to join together, take action and make progress so please encourage any young people you know to register their place at #TYS18. Find further details here:

We’ve also teamed up with Ulster GAA to launch our popular ‘Coach of the Year’ Awards which enjoyed a huge response last year. The initiative celebrates the work carried out by volunteer club coaches and follows the recent launch of our partnership with the IFA for the Translink Schools Gold Cup; both initiatives reflect our commitment to community engagement, promoting healthy lifestyles and nurturing talent at a grassroots level.

With only 9 months to go before the 148th Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club, good progress is being made on the town’s new train station as part of the wider regeneration programme led by the Department for Communities in association with Translink and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

We have now completed Phase One of the project including two new platforms and removal of an existing boundary wall. The next phase will involve new station building enhancements and canopy construction plus extensions on Platform 1. When all the work is complete passengers will enjoy modern facilities with enhanced passenger information and more cycle storage to encourage active travel and sustainable transport use. 

As we approach the busy festive season, we've extended our new Urby service for Dundonald Park & Ride to complement Glider at the busy morning peak period. Urby has been welcomed by our customers at other Park & Ride facilities so we’re pleased to introduce it in East Belfast today.

On Friday night we won three awards at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards. Our Bus + Train Week campaign scooped Gold Awards for Best Consumer Relations Campaign and Best Integrated Campaign plus a Silver Award in the Public Sector category – excellent industry recognition demonstrating our talent to deliver effective high profile campaigns. Congratulations to everyone involved! 

My final thoughts are with everyone impacted by the tragic incident on our rail network last Thursday. Anyone with concerns should contact their line manager or seek confidential support through the Inspire helpline, our dedicated counselling service, on 0800 389 5362.

Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive