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Weekly Updates

Chief Executive Chris Conway's weekly update to employees

Monday 22 June 2020

This week, we continue to see further developments and lifting of the restrictions, and I know many are eagerly awaiting the announcement later today which will hopefully allow us to meet friends and family indoors.  All these changes are positive moves forward as we begin to regain our ‘new normal’.

As the lifting of restrictions moves forward within the phased plan, we will also see more people returning to using our services.  To support this, we continue to ensure that we have multiple safety and social distancing measures in place and will continue to engage with our passengers to ensure they support us by playing their part too.

In a further return to what feels like more normal business, this week we will be announcing our plans to begin a remote consultation for the redevelopment of Yorkgate Train Station.  I’m pleased to see these important redevelopment plans moving forward as they will not only help our construction industry kick start after the COVID-19 outbreak, it is also a further step forward in creating a sustainable transport network and in providing an enhanced travel experience and connections to this part of the city.

As part of the Belfast Transport Hub project, we are also developing our Arts and Heritage programme.  Part of the new Transport Hub will include a new public space, Saltwater Square.  We want to help preserve and celebrate the stories that tell the history and heritage of transport across Northern Ireland, about the city and the local area.  Go to our Spirit App to see more details about how you can share your stories.

Last week we focused on promoting health issues as part of Men’s Health Week.  As part of the week we profiled ‘Small Talk Saves Lives’ - the Samaritans railway specific campaign, developed with support of the rail industry.  Their website provides practical advice to anyone who might find themselves in a position to save a life, on the railway or elsewhere.  Our Spirit App has more information on this campaign.   

Due to the current crisis, Business in the Community have also set up a Business Response Network, helping to connect businesses like ours to those in the community with need.  In the last few months over 1,000 connections have been made across the UK.  Well done to all of our colleagues who have proudly taken action to support local communities during this time.

In keeping with this, last week our colleagues in Newry bus depot presented a cheque for over £500 to Women’s Aid as part of their ongoing fundraising initiatives.

This week we will continue to profile some of our other Translink Heroes through sharing their stories in our employee videos.  Again, these profile just some of our amazing colleagues as they show the Translink Spirit and carry out their roles and care for people in the communities we serve.

Thank you to everyone who has shared their own stories so far on our employee Spirit App.  Don’t forget to like and comment on these to support your colleagues.

Take care, and let’s go safely together.

Chris Conway - Group Chief Executive

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