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Celebrating the role of Public Transport

Monday 26 Febraury 2018
The redevelopment of Portrush Train Station moved a step closer last week with planning permission being announced. Our redevelopment of the Train Station forms a part of a wider project to develop the town.  We expect to have contractors on site from Spring 2018 and this exciting project is due to be completed ahead of the Open Championship in July 2019. The new Station will offer fully accessible, modern waiting facilities, improved passenger information and signage to local amenities and attractions.
"These station and facility improvements are a further sign of our commitment to delivering high standards of Operational Excellence and Customer Satisfaction"

The construction of the Milewater Service Centre is also progressing well. This is a world class new engineering facility. Metro and Glider operations and engineering teams will move into this new facility, once completed in August, in preparation for Glider’s launch into service on Monday 3rd September. 

Last week we reviewed plans to improve the layout of walkways, passenger waiting facilities and signage across all our facilities, based on pilots carried out at Dungannon Bus Station and Short Strand Depot. This work will start at other sites later in the year and will be rolled out across all facilities over the next couple of years.

All of these station and facility improvements are a further sign of our commitment to delivering high standards of Operational Excellence and Customer Satisfaction, in line with our Vision, to be ‘Your First Choice for travel in Northern Ireland’.

This week we are launching our Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge which is delivered in partnership with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.  Through the Travel Challenge we are encouraging school children to make the “smart move” and use more ‘active travel’ modes to get to school for a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.  If you are involved with your local school, encourage them to register to take part. For more information click

The plans for the 50 year anniversary of NI Railways, on the first week of April, are at an advanced stage, so please continue to send in your stories from the last five decades. We plan to celebrate the stories of staff and company successes, much as we did last year for 50 years of Ulsterbus, and will share details of the activities being organised later in March. 

Finally, last week I spoke at a policy forum on the Priorities for Transport Infrastructure in Northern Ireland. There were a wide range of stakeholders there, from political representatives to business leaders. It was a good opportunity to present our Vision for Public Transport in Northern Ireland, which received a very enthusiastic response and sparked a debate on the measures needed to get more people using public transport. There was also recognition of the important role public transport plays in supporting a growing economy, improving health and education and enhancing the environment.


Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive

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