Chief Executive Chris Conway's weekly update to employees
Monday 08 June 2020
This week we are seeing further lifting of restrictions in our ‘Pathway to Recovery’. With more discussions taking place today, we are all waiting to see how our lives will be changing over the coming weeks. In the same way that the changes impacted us all as we went into lockdown, these new developments bring with them a new set of challenges for us to meet.
With large non-food retailers and outdoor sports facilities reopening and hotels able to take advance booking for July, it feels like there is a glimpse of normality around the corner, but we all need to remember that all this does not mean we have returned to normal and we need to continue to take measures to keep public transport safe, these include; washing our hands, maintaining vehicle cleanliness, social distancing and wearing face coverings as recommended.
Last week, encouraged by the good weather, we saw an increase in passenger numbers on some of our services, especially those that serve our coastal towns and villages and we were involved in some public safety issues. Our front-line colleagues, supported by the PSNI, worked hard in a difficult situation to help manage this. I would like to thank all of our colleagues for their continued dedication and hard work in helping to keep everyone safe and in getting us all ‘Safe Home Every Day’. It was also encouraging to hear the positive feedback from the Infrastructure Committee at Stormont last week.
With the proposed changes, it is likely we will see more passengers wanting to travel with us and it is important to keep all of our safety measures in place. Following the announcement regarding face coverings on public transport in England last week, I had a meeting with Minister Mallon, along with employee representatives, and there was a very positive exchange of views. We will await the outcome of discussions from our own Executive on this topic and I will update everyone going forward.
What has remained a constant, throughout the past months, has been the Spirit shown by own Translink colleagues. This week I would like to thank colleagues within MSC Bus Operations who last week donated 5 defibrillators to the St John’s Ambulance and this week will be presenting a cheque for over £3,000 to the NI Children’s Hospice.
Please continue to share your stories about all the great work happening in your local area. A really easy way to do this is by using the new employee Spirit app. This week on the app, you can see more information about how to share your stories and be in with the chance to win the special prize of your very own Translink Hero.
As always, thank you to you all and continue to stay safe.
Chris Conway - Group Chief Executive
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