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South Belfast gets new £1.7m Translink centre

Published 25/02/2009

Conor Murphy and Catherine Mason test the equipment at the new training academy
Conor Murphy and Catherine Mason test the equipment at the new training academy

Translink has opened a new £1.7 million training academy in south Belfast.

The Rail Operations Training Academy was officially opened by Transport Minister Conor Murphy at Adelaide Centre near Boucher Road on Thursday, February 19.

A Translink spokeswoman said: “Opened on time and on budget, the new £1.7 million training academy was funded by the Department for Regional Development with over £1.2 million of the investment being put towards the procurement of innovative driving and signalling simulation equipment that will enable NI Railways employees to train in a safe and risk-free environment.”

Translink said that more than 400 Translink employees will benefit from the new facility.

It said the final phase of construction work at the Academy took place between March and December 2008 and involved the installation of three additional training rooms and a new signalling simulator that fully replicates three major signalling centre panels in Belfast, Portadown and Coleraine.

The training academy also has a full task driving simulator, instructor station, a track builder tool and a training room.

Additionally, a competency management suite of offices and temporary training facilities were also refurbished.

Translink chief executive Catherine Mason said of the academy: “It will enhance the effectiveness of safety mechanisms in place across the local rail network by equipping our employees with the specialised experience and expertise required to maintain optimal standards of safety for passengers, colleagues and the general public.”

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