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Minister opens rail operations training academy in Belfast

19 February, 2009

Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy today opened the £1.7million Rail Operations Training Academy at Adelaide in south Belfast.

The Minister visited Translink's call centre and also presented Investors in People certificates to staff.

The Minister said: "I welcome this opportunity to tour the Training Academy which has been designed to improve training and simulation within Rail Operations in a modern effective environment. Centralised training offers consistency and will allow Translink to deliver a high quality service to the public transport sector. I thank everyone for all their hard work in completing this project."

Highlighting his commitment to investing in public transport and to encouraging commuters, and other travellers, to use public transport the Minister said: "From 2008/09 to 2010/11 the Department for Regional Development (DRD) is providing £137million of funding towards rail projects including the purchase of more new trains and improvements to the rail infrastructure. The completion of this work, coupled with highly skilled staff, is further evidence of my commitment to improve public transport here by investing in public transport. This will encourage commuters and other travellers to use public transport for their journeys instead of the private car."

Presenting Translink's Rail Services with Investors in People certificates Minister Murphy said: "I take this opportunity to commend the significant commitment and hard work by this team in achieving their awards. These awards demonstrate Translink's commitment in developing employees and equipping them with the right knowledge, skills and motivation to work efficiently. It also allows each member of staff to develop their full potential and gain greater job satisfaction."

The Minister also had the opportunity to see the public transport information service provided at Translink's Call Centre and was impressed with the high level of service provision.

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