The Department for Infrastructure and Translink are providing free use of their public transport networks for health and social care staff during the Covid-19 immediate response period.  This includes all Translink bus and rail services in Northern Ireland and the Strangford Ferry.

This applies to everyone who works in health and social care in Northern Ireland – all jobs, all sectors.

Many staff, including those in the HSC, will have photographic staff passes.  These should be shown to Translink staff at ticket desks or when boarding.

For any staff who do not have photographic staff passes, employers are asked to provide a copy of this letter to those staff.  It would be helpful – but not essential if it will take up too much resource – for letters to be signed by a manager, or stamped with the employer company stamp or seal.  Staff should then show the letter to Translink staff at ticket desks or when boarding, together with any photo ID that they do have such as driving licence, etc.

Translink will be flexible in the application of this policy but reserve the right to deny free boarding if staff are not satisfied that an individual is a health and social care worker.

If you need any further information, please speak to your employer or to Translink staff.

Thank you for your service – and that of your staff colleagues – at this very challenging time, and thanks from DoH to the Department for Infrastructure and Translink for providing this essential and valuable service.