EFFORTS on the part of staff at Lisburn Railway Station to present passengers with a clean and tidy environment in which to board their trains have been recognised in a major awards scheme.
The employees received a gold accolade in the Tidy Translink Awards established out of a partnership between the province's transport provider and Tidy Northern Ireland.
The scheme's aim is to reward employees who demonstrate their environmental commitment through improvement of waste management and by supporting community projects that also aim to enhance the local environment. Lisburn is one of 12 stations to achieve gold standard and was judged on eight assessment criteria: General Cleanliness, Litter Awareness, Graffiti Awareness, Exterior Maintenance, Waste Management, Brand Presentation, Facility Enhancement and Community Involvement.
Great Victoria Street Station used daily by hundreds of commuters from Lisburn also received a Gold Award. Speaking at the Awards, Translink Chief Operating Officer Philip O'Neill said: "I am delighted that TIDY Northern Ireland is recognising and rewarding the efforts of Translink employees who have shown real dedication and enthusiasm in caring for and enhancing their station environment.
"As a major service provider operating across Northern Ireland, we have a responsibility to respect and look after the environment of our colleagues, neighbours, passengers and stakeholders. Our partnership with TIDY Northern Ireland has assisted Translink in identifying and tackling local environmental quality issues across our bus and rail network.
"These Awards and what they represent are testament to the improvements that can be made to our local environment when colleagues at all levels work together both internally and alongside the surrounding community to address recurring problems such as fly-tip- ping, fly-posting, graffiti and litter. We look forward to continuing to working closely with TIDY Northern Ireland to build on this great achievement in 2009."
TIDY Northern Ireland Chief Executive Dr Ian Humphries said: "This is a very impressive achievement and I would like to congratulate Translink employees on all their hard work to help build a better environment for everyone to enjoy.
"Our partnership with Translink provides an excellent platform to engage with employees and highlight the importance of environmental care. It also assists Translink in achieving objectives as laid out in its Environmental Strategy and in delivering more effectively on Local Environmental Quality (LEQ)."