Belfast Telegraph

Good public transport hub key for investors, says Translink

By Clare Weir

Investors looking at Northern Ireland are favouring premises close to major transport hubs, according to public transport company Translink.

A spokeswoman for the company made the statement after announcing profits of £0.3m for 2013/14.

It has also unveiled plans for a new multimillion pound revamp of the Europa Buscentre and Great Victoria Street Train Station.

Already around seven million passengers use these facilities each year and as more people choose to use the bus and train this is estimated to increase to around 13 million by 2030. A spokeswoman from Translink said that some recent job announcements had been secured on the strength of our public transport network.

"Part of what these investors are looking for is a good link to public transport," she said.

"Belfast needs to be competing with other European cities to attract big companies and proximity to bus and rail services is vital to making sure staff can get to and from work. The recent decision by Concentrix to open up in the old Maysfield Leisure Centre was influenced by the building's location next to Belfast Central Station."

In April, US business services firm Concentrix said it was creating 1,000 new jobs in a £36m investment.

Meanwhile, John Collington, CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions, which has just announced 250 jobs in Belfast, said that a city centre location and strong transport links were "a must" for attracting top staff.

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