Making life better this Christmas

"free P&R and wide range of great value tickets"
15th November 2013


Dear Colleagues,

I know that many of you are participating in 'Movember' to help raise funds for prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health issues. This is a great way to increase awareness on these serious illnesses and I would encourage everyone to show their support for all our 'Mo Bros' and any 'Mo Sisters' taking part in this challenge.

Christmas is always a busy period for us and this week we teamed up with the Department for Regional Development, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) and Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce to announce a festive package of passenger transport measures to help make 'Life better' for shoppers and traders in the run up to Christmas.

Park and Rides in Belfast, Lisburn, Newry and Londonderry will be free of charge and operate for longer hours during late night shopping days and also on Saturdays. The free Saturday Park and Ride Services will start on 16 November. The evening Park and Ride Services will start on 2 December in line with late night shopping arrangements.

We also have a wide range of discounted bus, coach and train tickets and special deals to help cut the cost of Christmas including:

  • Enhanced capacity across the rail network and more express train services from Lisburn into Belfast on the 3 Saturday's before Christmas.
  • Our popular Love Metro Saturdays £2 day ticket available every Saturday until 28 December providing unlimited day travel in greater Belfast and our new Daylink travel card offers flexible unlimited 1,5 or 10 day travel on bus services in Greater Belfast (every Saturday until 28 December, customers on board the bus can top-up their Daylink card with a full day's travel for at just £2).
  • 1/3 off NI Railways and selected Goldline coach services after 9.30am
  • Family & Friends ticket providing up to 2 adults and 4 children with unlimited all day bus and rail travel throughout Northern Ireland for just £20 or a a Metro Family Day Ticket provides unlimited travel for up to 2 adults and 4 children anywhere, any time on all Metro services for one day at just £9.
  • We are also teaming up with local traders to provide exclusive Translink customer discounts such as 15% off at DV8 fashion stores.
  • Smartlink journey savings of over 30% compared to paying normal cash fares and Ulsterbus Day Tickets also available for unlimited travel on Ulsterbus town /City services at £2.50 (adult) or £1.25 (child).
  • For cross-border journeys, Enterprise webfares as low as £10 for day return travel.

Whether it's Christmas shopping, socialising with friends, attending Christmas parties or looking for a family day out, this festive travel package will help make life better for many people this Christmas – so please share this good news with family, friends and customers. For full details on all the offers click or call 028 90 66 66 30.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone involved in delivering and supporting our Belfast City Hall Circuit Challenge supporting our charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support which raised over £1000. We look forward to delivering more events in which employees can get involved and help raise vital funds for our chosen charity.

Catherine Mason

Group Chief Executive