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Gearing up for Bus and Train Week

Monday 20 May 2019

It’s only 2 weeks until our 4th Bus & Train week. This annual event is all about promoting the value of public transport to our social, economic and environmental wellbeing in Northern Ireland. We will be offering an inviting package of discounted fares, partner offers and fun activities to get more people to make the smart move to public transport. Bus & Train week continues to be a great launch pad for our Vision ‘to be your first choice for travel’ and is aligned to the draft Programme for Government goal of increasing the number of people using public transport and other sustainable transport.

 

"increasing the number of people using public transport and other sustainable transport"

The importance of this goal was brought home to me recently when I watched the BBC programme ‘Climate Change – The Facts’, presented by Sir David Attenborough. This programme highlights the need for us all to make changes to avoid the disastrous effects of Climate Change. Transport is one of the largest sources of Greenhouse Gases (23% of the total) in the UK and while we will need to see major changes, a modal shift towards public transport must be part of the solution

We will be highlighting this during Bus and Train week and hope everyone will #getonboardni, for further information visit our Bus and Train Week website page: www.translink.co.uk/busandtrainweek/

Our transport plan for the biggest show in Northern Ireland’s agricultural calendar, the Balmoral Show, was a great success. We transported thousands of people by train, coach and bus to Lisburn and we provided frequent shuttles to the Eikon Centre for the Show, delivering hassle-free journeys over the course of the four-day event. The Translink stand at the show received very positive feedback and the Ulster in Bloom stand featured a creative Translink bus stop theme. Well done to everyone involved in the transport plans for the Balmoral show and the NW200 last week.

Last week was World Mental Health Week which ties in with our Go Healthy wellbeing theme; ‘Look After Your Mental Health’. As part of this, Inspire carried out a Translink roadshow to promote their free and confidential employee counselling service. They have visited Metro Central, Adelaide depot, Newtownabbey depot and this week will visit Foyle Street depot and will also talk to some of our train drivers at their briefing day. We encourage all employees to look after their mental health by using this service, should they feel they need to talk.

The Rail Safety production #crossingthelines, by Replay Theatre Company, toured schools last week. The production was very well received and strongly portrayed the need to be vigilant at all times around the railway.

Thank you also to the Rail Services Passenger Accident Group, which was set up to identify actions to prevent passenger accidents when using our services. The group is piloting a number of ideas, including the “keep left on the stairs” to lower the risk of slips, trips or falls, currently being trialled at Lanyon Place station. 

 

 

Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive

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