"working with Employers for Disability NI"
10 August 2012


Dear Colleagues,

Firstly congratulations to the Human Resources division - we have worked for some time as a lead partner with the Employers for Disability NI, a local group which assists those with disabilities into employment. In a new accreditation scheme, Translink has been awarded the highest standard Accredited Member of Excellence.

Two more big events this week - we are supporting the Belfast Féile - Ireland’s largest community festival featuring an exciting line-up of music, sport, drama, art, multi-cultural and youth events. This is a popular community event situated along our Metro 10 corridor and we are encouraging festival-goers to use Translink Metro as a convenient way to get to all their favourite Féile events.

We are also getting ready for this year’s Tennent’s Vital festival, August 21 – 22, in which our coach and rail services will transport thousands of people to the event site in Boucher Playing Fields, South Belfast. Around 70,000 music fans are expected at the two-day festival to see acts including Foo Fighters and The Stones Roses. We have teamed-up with the promoters MCD, PSNI and Belfast City Council to encourage fans to use bus, coach and rail to South Belfast including special late night return services to bring people safely home.

We will operate late night special rail services from Balmoral Station in both directions to Lisburn/Portadown and Belfast with onward connections to Bangor, Carrickfergus and Coleraine. These trains will operate following the concert from 10.45pm until 12.45am subject to demand. Special return train tickets are now available to buy online and from main stations with prices from £5 - £15.

Special festival coaches will also run from various locations across Northern Ireland including Derry ~ Londonderry, Dungiven, Maghera, Castledawson, Omagh, Dungannon, Armagh, Newry, Banbridge and Enniskillen. Coach tickets are for sale online only until 11pm on the night before each concert. We will also enhance Metro services along the Lisburn Road throughout both days. Please encourage friends, family and customers to use these special concert services - click www.translink.co.uk/tennentsvital or call 028 90 66 66 30 for further details.

Catherine Mason,

Group Chief Executive