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The Transformation of Public Transport

Monday 11 December 2017
Winter arrived in Northern Ireland this week and the operations teams have been working hard over the last few days to keep our services running in wintry weather conditions. Working closely with our colleagues in the Department for Infrastructure roads division we have been keeping road and rail open and public transport moving safely. Everyone has played a vital role, including gritting of platforms and bus waiting areas and keeping our customers informed and updated on details of disruption over the phone, web and social media.
"working hard to keep our services running in wintry weather conditions"
The first of the new Belfast Rapid Transit Glider vehicles are due to arrive in Belfast this week, from Van Hool in Belgium. These impressive Glider vehicles will be showcased to our staff and the general public in coming days and members of the project team will be in attendance to explain all the exciting new features of the Glider service. A full education programme on the new service will take place over the next year, ahead of the introduction of Glider on the streets of Belfast in September 2018. This marks a significant step forward in our mission to transform public transport in Northern Ireland.


Another very successful initiative in transforming public transport has been the introduction and expansion of Park and Rides. Cullybackey is the latest Park and Ride development with 56 parking spaces, a cycle shelter, a new smart lighting system and a drop-off area for passengers. This represents phase one of the Park and Ride at Cullybackey, with future plans to extend to cater for 130 vehicles.

Last week, myself and some colleagues travelled to Leeds to visit one of the Gold winners of the UK Bus awards. Transdev Blazefield provides local and inter-urban bus services covering much of West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Lancashire and is renowned for its Route 36 and City Zap inter urban services. It was a fantastic opportunity to share and learn from a very successful bus operator in England as we continue with our plans to transform public transport in Northern Ireland.

There’s been plenty of festive spirit at some of our stations this week, with carol singers fundraising for charity and our Stuff a Bus Appeal with St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army gaining momentum. The Belfast Bus Drivers Appeal have donated £500 worth of gifts and other staff have made donations in the true SPIRIT of Translink. The target is for 10,000 gifts by 19th December so please continue to spread the word. Find out more at


Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive

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