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Positive feedback on our services and future plans

Monday 02 October 2017
Over the last couple of weeks, I have spent some time meeting a range of external stakeholders, including politicians, councils, community representatives and key suppliers. It has been good to get very positive feedback on the work that everyone in Translink does in delivering a vital public transport service in Northern Ireland. There has also been great support for the initiatives we are developing to grow passenger numbers and the major projects we have planned; recognising that investment in public transport is key to social inclusion, building a strong economy, improving the environment and supporting health and education plans.
 
 
 
"investment in public transport is key"

Last week we received approval for the Belfast Transport Hub business case from the Department for Infrastructure, this allows us to start construction once planning has been approved. The North-West Transport Hub also received the approval of EU funding, more than £20.5million has been announced by the EU for this iconic transport hub for the North-West and the Department for Infrastructure will invest a further £7.4million to complete the project. The Belfast and North-West Transport Hubs are significant infrastructure projects for Northern Ireland and will support the plans for economic growth and all the benefits that public transport brings to a region.

The Belfast Rapid Transit service is also a key project for public transport in Belfast and will become a reality in less than one year’s time, September 2018, connecting the east and west of Belfast with high frequency, modern, high capacity vehicles. The official unveiling of the Belfast Rapid Transit vehicles will take place in Belgium later this month and last week I was shown a preview of a video (computer generated) bringing to life the new BRT hybrid vehicles operating in Belfast, giving an impressive image of the future of public transport in the city.

The recent weather has reminded us that Autumn is here and reminded our Infrastructure team that the leaf fall season has started. The teams are now working hard to ensure the tracks are kept clear and it’s great that the investment in our new Multi-Purpose-Vehicle will see it in operation this Autumn, water jetting to clear the rails, then applying grit to combat slippery conditions and keep our services running smoothly for our passengers.

Our new ‘Let’s Go Healthy’ strategy has now been launched, supporting staff and ensuring a healthy workplace. It centres around employee-led initiatives that support the Health Promotion Agency’s recommended ‘Take 5’ Steps to Wellbeing. A special Autumn wellbeing events calendar has been devised as part of the strategy with support from several charities on a wide range of wellbeing matters such as cancer, arthritis, smoking, heart and mental health. This strategy will contribute to the organisation’s overall success and is part of our ‘One Translink, One Team’ ethos.

Finally, Good Luck to Ciaran Doherty, General Manager, Bus Services, as he leaves us for pastures new. A recruitment process is underway for this position and in the interim, Frank Clegg becomes Acting General Manager, Bus Services, a back to the future moment for Frank but one I’m sure everyone will support him with.

 
 
 
 
Chris Conway
Chris Conway
Group Chief Executive
Published
30/06/2017

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