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Our Invisible Heroes

Monday 12 Febraury 2018
Yesterday our colleagues in the North West responded to a road traffic incident involving a car and a Goldline coach. Our thoughts are with everyone affected and I’d like to thank those who handled this difficult situation, caring for our staff, customers and members of the public.
"Shaping NI infrastructure and strengthening our reputation for innovation"

As part of the NI Year of Infrastructure #Infra2018 the Institution of Civil Engineers is shining a spotlight on those ‘Invisible Heroes’ behind local engineering projects that are transforming Northern Ireland. 

The #Infra2018 campaign wants to show the public just how infrastructure impacts our lives, connecting and protecting, enabling investment and boosting overall quality of life. The campaign’s focus aligns closely with our own ‘Get On Board’ business strategy and our drive to deliver a transformation in public transport, providing integrated services which connect people, enhance the economy and improve the environment, enabling a thriving Northern Ireland.

At Translink we’re not short of ‘hidden’ heroes. Those highly talented and skilled individuals who are helping to shape our infrastructure and strengthen NI’s reputation as a centre of innovation and magnet for investment. 

A recent example of our own invisible heroes was following land-slip along the Larne Railway Line; our Civil Engineering team responded quickly, delivering an effective technical solution that would minimise passenger disruption. They worked with colleagues in operations, permanent way and with designers and contractors to build a new retaining wall.  Work is due to be completed later this month.

We also have teams of ‘hidden’ superheroes working across our network every night, in all weathers, ensuring bus and rail services stay safe and reliable for all our customers. These include a specialist team carrying out a complex engineering project to replace ballast on a stretch of track between Knockmore and Lurgan. This work will bring the line speed up to 90mph and improve journey times for our customers.

This year I’m looking forward to shining a spotlight on more of our Invisible Heroes, across bus and rail, raising their profile and showcasing their vital role in Connecting People and Opportunities through our Infrastructure. You can find out more about #Infra2018 online

Last week I mentioned work underway to refurbish and modernise Belfast Central Station – another example of our efforts to improve local infrastructure. We have now revealed the station’s new name ‘Lanyon Place’ which will come into effect this September coinciding with our new Glider service.

The new name reflects changing dynamics of the surrounding area and, with over 2.6 million passengers using the facility last year, this transformation will enhance the overall customer experience and support the area’s rapid regeneration.

The Lanyon Place area is a major city hub with 8,000+ employees in surrounding offices and the ‘Lanyon’ name has also been adopted by a range of neighbouring businesses.

The area was named by the old Laganside Corporation nearly 30 years ago after the noted Victorian architect Charles Lanyon who was responsible for many of the city’s finest buildings so it’s even more fitting that this new ‘Lanyon Place’ station identity arrives as we champion this exciting Year of Infrastructure. 

Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive

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