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Friday, October 23, 2020

Fifty plus Translink jobs at risk due to COVID-19

Fifty plus jobs could be at risk as part of £20m worth of cost savings at Translink, due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March the numbers using the various services, bus and train, operated by Translink has fallen.

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Translink hope to maintain essential and frontline services, with cuts affecting overhead , management and operational cost, including the removal of Ulsterbus Tours.

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The firms Chief Executive, Chris Conway, has said Translink has been left in a “challenging funding situation”.

“Translink welcomes the response from the NI Executive and Department for Infrastructure with emergency Covid-19 funding, however it is important to recognise the impact that Covid-19 will have on revenues for some time to come.”

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“We are targeting savings of £20m and as such, we have had to make some very difficult decisions.

“We aim to reduce the impact to employees as far as possible and are committed to maintaining front line services.

“As a result, these changes will have a minimal impact on frontline operational employees’ jobs, who continue to deliver scheduled bus and train services.

“However, in driving improvements to internal processes, we anticipate it is likely there will be a number of redundancies in management and overhead functions.

“Public transport will have a vital role to play in Northern Ireland’s green and responsible recovery and this review, alongside wider Government support will ensure we can deliver on this.”

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