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Corporate Responsibility Review

Monday 06 November 2017
Our Annual 2016/17 Corporate Responsibility Review is now available on our website . It sets out how we deliver the Translink SPIRIT under the key pillars of Go Safe, Go Together, Go Healthy and Go Eco and outlines our actions and initiatives. Public transport touches the lives of everyone in Northern Ireland and we are committed to working together in Translink to manage our services in a safe, socially and environmentally responsible manner.
 
 
 
"Go Safe, Go Together, Go Healthy and Go Eco"

This review looks back over a busy year of Corporate Responsibility activities. Teams across the business have worked hard to make a positive impact on communities, providing a safe and sustainable service that enhances the economy, improves the local environment and supports the communities we serve. I am always impressed and proud of the many longstanding partnerships with local communities and below are excellent examples of the SPIRIT of Translink.

We've launched this year's Eco-Schools Challenge in Partnership with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The aim of the project is to recruit schools across Northern Ireland to make 'smart moves' in a bid to cut congestion at school gates, boost pupil health and promote a more sustainable lifestyle through walking, cycling, bus and train travel for the school run instead of car use. Over the past 5 years, almost 6000 pupils have taken part in the challenge completing 66,514 sustainable journeys – an increase of 64% in sustainable journeys from before the challenge, resulting in almost 23,800 fewer car journeys.

As part of our ongoing engagement with local communities adjacent to the proposed Belfast Transport Hub, a team of volunteers have painted classrooms at Blythefield Primary School. The school, which has 232 students aged between 5 and 11, is situated on Blythe Street in Belfast, beside the railway line on the approach to Great Victoria Street station. The painting of two classrooms and a general tidy-up took place last Thursday and will be ready for the children when they return to school after their mid-term break. I wish to thank the volunteers who gave up their time and worked hard to complete the work quickly and efficiently for the school. I popped in to see how the team were getting on during the day and there was a great atmosphere among the group. The hub team have also been involved in other community outreach initiatives including careers workshops in Grosvenor Road and Sandy Row and we continue to work closely with local communities as the Hub project moves forward.

We also hosted two tours as part of the Open House Belfast Architecture and Engineering Festival on Friday 27th October at Adelaide Train Maintenance Depot and Translink Training Academy. The visitors were shown what goes on behind the scenes to maintain our trains and some of them also took the opportunity to try their hand at train driving, using the Training Academy’s simulator. We received extremely positive feedback from the Open House team and from those on the tours.

Thank you to everyone in Translink delivering an essential service in Northern Ireland every day, delivering corporate responsibility activities and building longstanding partnerships with local communities, exemplifying the Translink SPIRIT.

 
 
 
 
Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive
Published
20/10/2017

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