Safety is a Priority

"testing our preparedness"
7th March2014


Dear Colleagues,

Safety is a priority for Translink and an area we continuously review and test. Last Sunday, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS),Louth Fire and Rescue Service and other emergency services, we held a major multi-agency cross border emergency training exercise in Jonesborough, Co. Armagh. The staged incident was to test operational, command and response from the agencies involved, on each side of the border, to a serious railway and multiple road traffic collision.

Operation "Jonesborough Juggernaut" was one of the largest railway training exercises held by the NIFRS and it offered Translink NI Railways an extremely valuable opportunity to work with colleagues in the emergency services and build upon our collaboration with them. It has also enabled us to test and review our own preparedness and processes for responding to major incidents. Major incidents on our railways are thankfully rare but we must prepare and be ready and trained for such occurrences. Employees from various departments and divisions played a key role in the re-enactment – well done to all who took part.

Meanwhile, our annual safety conference took place yesterday at Titanic Belfast and was attended by around 130 delegates from across the group. The theme of this year's conference was 'Changing Times/Changing People' and featured Titanic-themed role plays, which prompted interesting discussions and debates amongst the groups in the breakout sessions. Thanks to all who attended and contributed their views. The information we gather at the conference shapes and informs our safety agenda for the year ahead and we will be sharing the key findings with you shortly.

Catherine Mason

Group Chief Executive