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The Translink SPIRIT and great teamwork

Monday 05 March 2018
The Beast from the East hit us last week and brought some very challenging road and rail conditions. I felt very proud to be part of a team who showed the Translink SPIRIT and great teamwork in all areas of our operations. Everyone in Translink has played a vital role, from those driving buses and trains to those gritting platforms and bus waiting areas, maintaining infrastructure and keeping our customers informed and updated on details of disruption. We also worked closely with agencies including the Department for Infrastructure, the PSNI and the Met Office to keep bus and rail services moving safely. It was great to see a very positive response from our customers, many of whom went on to social media to thank the people in Translink who kept them moving and connected during last week, and sounded a positive vote of confidence in public transport as their ‘First Choice for Travel’ in all weather conditions.
"Everyone has played a vital role, from those driving buses and trains to those gritting platforms and bus waiting areas, maintaining infrastructure and keeping our customers informed and updated"
Last week we held a senior executive business review with Irish Rail and Bus Éireann. We have agreed to hold these on a regular basis to focus on opportunities to improve and grow our cross-border bus and rail services. These are strong partnerships and this was very evident as we worked together to manage services and communicate with our customers during the very challenging weather conditions last week.
 Another area of cross-border co-operation is our ambitious plan for the North West Multi-Modal Transport Hub, a major £27million development for Derry~Londonderry and the North West. The plans to deliver an iconic multi-modal transport hub whilst also restoring the historic Waterside Station were presented to Derry & Strabane District Council last week. It sets a new standard in sustainable transport encompassing a strong balance of services for public transport, cycling and active travel. We have worked with several organisations on both sides of the border to develop these proposals, which have received significant European INTERREG funding and a comprehensive consultation exercise undertaken in 2016/2017 secured an overwhelming 97% support from the public for a multi-modal hub.
 Last week we also held our regular Corporate Responsibility Leadership meeting, this is where we review our ‘Go Safe, Go Eco, Go Healthy and Go Together’ initiatives. It is really great to see so much work going on in these areas, supporting the local communities we work in. Below are a couple of examples of ways you can get involved:

Our new Corporate Volunteering policy is a valuable programme which supports staff who are considering volunteering in the local community to promote well-being, foster team-building and support our Corporate Reponsibilities in the SPIRIT of Translink. We will support 1 Day per annum for staff to undertake Corporate Volunteering and employees can match this with their own time. Anyone interested in volunteering with a recognised charity, educational or non-profit making organisation should read the policy and discuss it with their manager. I look forward to hearing how you all get on when you provide your feedback.

Translink is the official transport partner of the Belfast City Marathon. Many of our staff participate and Matthew Stubberfield is one of those who has set himself the challenge of running the full Marathon this year. You can follow Matthew’s progress through his blog, which is available through ULink and I wish him and all the runners the best of luck.



Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive

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