Provision for the Mourne, Gullion & Strangford UNESCO Global Geopark

Ligand Fields made this Freedom of Information request to Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company Automatic anti-spam measures are in place for this older request. Please let us know if a further response is expected or if you are having trouble responding.

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Dear Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company,

I note that on 25th May 2023, the United Nations formally designated a 1,932 km² portion of Counties Down and Armagh as the “Mourne, Gullion & Strangford UNESCO Global Geopark” ('UGGp') (see https://www.unesco.org/en/iggp/geoparks/... for details).
I further note the prestigious nature of a UGGp status award, and that this might reasonably be expected to attract considerable tourist interest in the area both locally and internationally.

I would like to enquire whether your company has made any revised assessments or documented considerations of the transport needs of the Mourne, Gullion & Strangford area in light of its new Global Geopark designation, and if so could you please provide copies of any relevant reports, documents or minutes, etc pertaining to this.

I would suggest that this might include:
- Projections of likely increased passenger demand and capacity requirements for transport services both within the UGGp area, and connecting to it from other national and international transport hubs (for example, ferry ports and airports).

- Given the focus on leisure and tourist use: considerations of service provision outside ‘office hours’ (evenings, weekends, Sundays)

- Considerations of the needs of international tourist passengers (not limited to: availability of service information in languages other than English; availability of payment methods other than UK sterling cash; availability of route and service information which does not rely on local knowledge; toilet facilities)

Yours faithfully,
Ligand Fields

FOI, Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company

Dear Mr Fields,

 

As your request relates to specifically environmental information, we
acknowledge receipt of your email received 28 May 2023 under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (‘the Regulations’).

 

You have requested the following information in relation to Mourne,
Gullion & Strangford UNESCO Global Geopark” ('UGGp') and the UGGp award
status in relation to tourist interest in the area both locally and
internationally:

 

- Revised assessments or documented considerations of the transport needs
of the Mourne, Gullion & Strangford area in light of its new Global
Geopark designation

- Copies of any relevant reports, documents or minutes, etc pertaining to
this.

- Projections of likely increased passenger demand and capacity
requirements for transport services both within the UGGp area, and
connecting to it from other national and international transport hubs (for
example, ferry ports and airports).

- Given the focus on leisure and tourist use: considerations of service
provision outside ‘office hours’ (evenings, weekends, Sundays).

- Consideration of the needs of international tourist passengers (not
limited to: availability of service information in languages other than
English; availability of payment methods other than UK sterling cash;
availability of route and service information which does not rely on local
knowledge; toilet facilities).

 

Please be advised, the Regulations allow us up to 20 working days
(excluding any UK statutory holidays) to process a valid request for
information. We may, however, need to contact you if we require any
clarifications on your request. If no clarifications are required, you
should expect to receive a response on or before 23 June 2023.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Regards,

FOI/DPA Team

Translink

[1][NITHCo / Translink request email]

 

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FOI, Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company

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Dear Mr Graham,

Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (‘the Regulations’) - (Our
Reference: FOI/EIR1336)

We refer to your request below and must advise there will be a delay to
our response to your request for information. 

  

We must therefore respectfully request an extension until 7 July 2023.
This is in order to consider the applicability of exemptions and the
details of your response. If we can respond before this date, we will
endeavour to do so.  

  

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.  

   

Regards,  

  

FOI Team - Translink 

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From: FOI <[email address]>
Sent: 30 May 2023 15:19
To: '[FOI #985160 email]'
<[FOI #985160 email]>
Subject: FOI/EIR1336 - Acknowledgement - Provision for the Mourne, Gullion
& Strangford UNESCO Global Geopark

 

Dear Mr Fields,

 

As your request relates to specifically environmental information, we
acknowledge receipt of your email received 28 May 2023 under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (‘the Regulations’).

 

You have requested the following information in relation to Mourne,
Gullion & Strangford UNESCO Global Geopark” ('UGGp') and the UGGp award
status in relation to tourist interest in the area both locally and
internationally:

 

- Revised assessments or documented considerations of the transport needs
of the Mourne, Gullion & Strangford area in light of its new Global
Geopark designation

- Copies of any relevant reports, documents or minutes, etc pertaining to
this.

- Projections of likely increased passenger demand and capacity
requirements for transport services both within the UGGp area, and
connecting to it from other national and international transport hubs (for
example, ferry ports and airports).

- Given the focus on leisure and tourist use: considerations of service
provision outside ‘office hours’ (evenings, weekends, Sundays).

- Consideration of the needs of international tourist passengers (not
limited to: availability of service information in languages other than
English; availability of payment methods other than UK sterling cash;
availability of route and service information which does not rely on local
knowledge; toilet facilities).

 

Please be advised, the Regulations allow us up to 20 working days
(excluding any UK statutory holidays) to process a valid request for
information. We may, however, need to contact you if we require any
clarifications on your request. If no clarifications are required, you
should expect to receive a response on or before 23 June 2023.

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Regards,

FOI/DPA Team

Translink

[2][NITHCo / Translink request email]

 

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FOI, Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company

Dear Mr Fields,

 

Thank you for your request under the Environmental Information Regulations
2004 (‘the Regulations’).

 

You have requested the following information in relation to Mourne,
Gullion & Strangford UNESCO Global Geopark” ('UGGp') and the UGGp award
status in relation to tourist interest in the area both locally and
internationally:

 

- Revised assessments or documented considerations of the transport needs
of the Mourne, Gullion & Strangford area in light of its new Global
Geopark designation

- Copies of any relevant reports, documents or minutes, etc pertaining to
this.

- Projections of likely increased passenger demand and capacity
requirements for transport services both within the UGGp area, and
connecting to it from other national and international transport hubs (for
example, ferry ports and airports).

- Given the focus on leisure and tourist use: considerations of service
provision outside ‘office hours’ (evenings, weekends, Sundays).

- Consideration of the needs of international tourist passengers (not
limited to: availability of service information in languages other than
English; availability of payment methods other than UK sterling cash;
availability of route and service information which does not rely on local
knowledge; toilet facilities).

 

Translink responds to your request as follows.

 

Response

 

To date, Translink have not been contacted in relation to the Mourne,
Gullion & Strangford UNESCO Global Geopark. Therefore, no documents in
response to your requested are held to share on this matter.

 

Given the recent designation however we will be very happy to engage with
local councils, the AONB and GeopPark organisation and other stakeholders
such as Tourism Northern Ireland to assess service provision against
passenger projections.

 

Review Procedure

 

If you are not satisfied with this response you may request a review by
writing to the Translink General Counsel and Company Secretary, who has
overall responsibility for Freedom of Information and Data Protection
issues within this organisation. Correspondence should be addressed to the
above-mentioned at: Translink, 22 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7LX
or by email to [1][NITHCo / Translink request email].

 

If having exhausted the review process you are not content that your
request or review has been dealt with correctly, you have a further right
of appeal to the Information Commissioner who will make an independent
judgement. The address of the Information Commissioner is: Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. The address of the Information
Commissioner’s Office for Northern Ireland is: 3rd floor, 14 Cromac Place,
Gasworks, Belfast, BT7 2JB.

Yours sincerely,

 

The FOI/DPA Team

[2][email address]

 

 

From: FOI <[3][email address]>
Sent: 30 May 2023 15:19
To: '[FOI #985160 email]'
<[4][FOI #985160 email]>
Subject: FOI/EIR1336 - Acknowledgement - Provision for the Mourne, Gullion
& Strangford UNESCO Global Geopark

 

Dear Mr Fields,

 

As your request relates to specifically environmental information, we
acknowledge receipt of your email received 28 May 2023 under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (‘the Regulations’).

 

You have requested the following information in relation to Mourne,
Gullion & Strangford UNESCO Global Geopark” ('UGGp') and the UGGp award
status in relation to tourist interest in the area both locally and
internationally:

 

- Revised assessments or documented considerations of the transport needs
of the Mourne, Gullion & Strangford area in light of its new Global
Geopark designation

- Copies of any relevant reports, documents or minutes, etc pertaining to
this.

- Projections of likely increased passenger demand and capacity
requirements for transport services both within the UGGp area, and
connecting to it from other national and international transport hubs (for
example, ferry ports and airports).

- Given the focus on leisure and tourist use: considerations of service
provision outside ‘office hours’ (evenings, weekends, Sundays).

- Consideration of the needs of international tourist passengers (not
limited to: availability of service information in languages other than
English; availability of payment methods other than UK sterling cash;
availability of route and service information which does not rely on local
knowledge; toilet facilities).

 

Please be advised, the Regulations allow us up to 20 working days
(excluding any UK statutory holidays) to process a valid request for
information. We may, however, need to contact you if we require any
clarifications on your request. If no clarifications are required, you
should expect to receive a response on or before 23 June 2023.

 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Regards,

FOI/DPA Team

Translink

[5][NITHCo / Translink request email]

 

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