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Supporting Balmoral Show’s 150th milestone year!

Monday 14 May 2018

This week is the Balmoral Show, Ireland’s largest agricultural event.  We’re pleased to support the Show once again during this milestone 150th year and have worked closely with organisers to help deliver another successful event. We will once again be providing trains and buses to the event. Thank you to all those working hard to ensure the travel arrangements go smoothly and to those who organised the travel for a busy night of music and football last week. These events are important for the NI economy and are only made possible by exceptional travel arrangements, a great example of the Translink SPIRIT. 

"Thank you to all those working hard to ensure the travel arrangements go smoothly"

I would also encourage staff to visit the Team Translink Stand at the Show, at site EK09 in the EIKON Shopping Village.  The team will be promoting Bus + Train Week, Glider, Rail Crossing Safety and the Travel Centre.  Visitors to the stand will be invited to “Tap & Win” – a simulation of the new ‘Tap & Glide’ ticketing process for Glider – the team will hand out promo cards with a QR code to tap on replica Glider Validators at the stand to see if they are a winner.

Last Wednesday we ‘cut the sod’ on our new Portrush Train Station.  This was a significant moment in the £5.6m project to provide fully accessible, modern station facilities as part of the Portrush Regeneration Programme.   I welcomed civic dignitaries from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council as well as representatives from Department for Communities, Department for Infrastructure and our locally-based contractor, GRAHAM Construction.

This project is central to the regeneration of Portrush as it will act as the gateway to getting people to the 148th Open Championships in July 2019. It is great to be able to support the regeneration of the town in this way and provide a lasting legacy for the area. 

Last week we distributed 80 Bus + Train Week Corporate Packs to businesses, organisations and charities, with more requests for packs continuing to come in.   The packs encourage employees to use public transport services, and make Translink Your First Choice for Travel in Northern Ireland!  They will help build anticipation for our third Bus + Train Week (4th-10th June), and if anyone knows of an organisation that could join the Corporate Challenge please encourage them to sign up at

Finally, Our “Your Translink, Your Voice” Employee Survey is currently open.  This is your opportunity to have your say about working at Translink.  I would like to thank everyone who has already completed a survey and submitted your views and feedback.  If you have not already completed a questionnaire, there is still time for you to do so either online or through completing a paper survey.  Our survey closing date has now been extended by one week to Tuesday 22 May to give everyone the chance to have their voice heard and make a contribution to improving the way we work.

Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive