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Young People Outline Public Transport Priorities

Monday 20 November 2017
Translink’s first Youth Summit took place on Saturday, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Youth Forum. The event saw young people from across Northern Ireland discussing their current and future public transport expectations. The summit, at the Life Centre in Belfast, was an enormous success, with over 100 young people in attendance. It was excellent that so many turned up on Saturday to help us understand what we can do to make our services more accessible and easier to use and it was terrific to see how enthusiastic they were about Translink..
"crucial youth insights into Translink servicess"

16 to 24 year olds make up around a third of journeys on Translink services and the results of a major public transport survey of 1,000 young people were released at the summit, giving crucial youth insights into Translink services. They show that 50% use public transport five times a week or more, with education, leisure and shopping their main reasons for travel. 80% access their travel information online, highlighting the importance of our website and social media channels.

We want young people in Northern Ireland to be proud of their public transport services and make Translink their “First Choice for Travel”. By working together, we will be able to develop our network and services to meet their needs more effectively, helping to support the local economy, connecting young people to greater opportunities, promoting social inclusion and active lifestyles while also reducing traffic congestion and pollution.

It was a tremendous day and I know a lot of hard work went in to making it a great success. I would to thank everyone involved, in particular: Jane, Natalie (NIYF), Ursula, Mo, Patricia, Tim, Connor, Curtis and Norman and the Q&A panel Lynda, Sean, Damian and Simon; and of course the Translink Youth Forum and the Northern Ireland Youth Forum.

The engineering team held a team briefing day last week, giving an overview of the business, current activities and key projects. I was pleased to present Depot Improvement Awards to teams who have excelled in continuous improvement projects at their depots. The awards scheme assesses improvements in safety, reliability, communication and efficiency, in line with our objectives of Operational Excellence, Customer Satisfaction, Passenger Growth and Value for Money. The winning depots were: Gold - Craigavon, Adelaide and Fortwilliam; Silver - Short Strand and Coleraine; and Bronze – Newtownards. Congratulations to all involved and I look forward to recognising more depots as the Depot Improvement Plan is rolled out across the business.

Many towns and cities across Northern Ireland turned Christmas lights on at the weekend – let’s all work together to help our passengers get around on public transport during this busy period.

Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive

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