Translink chief awarded MBE

Dromore man Mal McGreevy who has been awarded the MBE
Dromore man Mal McGreevy who has been awarded the MBE

DROMORE man Mal McGreevy has been named among the recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to public transport over the last 20 years.

Mr McGreevy, general manager of Rail Services at Translink, has been awarded an MBE.

A chartered mechanical engineer with over 30 years’ experience in a range of services, Mr McGreevy worked initially in the aerospace, tobacco and paper industries before joining Ulsterbus in 1988.

Since then, he has held positions of chief engineer at Ulsterbus and Citybus and engineering executive at Translink - a role which included responsibility for both bus and rail fleet strategies and fleet maintenance.

He took up his general manager of rail services position in 2004 and has been in charge of all railway passenger service operations, in addition to fleet engineering.

In his 20-plus years in public transport, Mr McGreevy has been responsible for the modernisation of the bus fleets during the 1900s, including the initial introduction of Goldline vehicles to Ulsterbus Services.

Since 2000 he has also been heavily involved in the modernisation of NI Railways, successfully leading the procurement exercise for NIR’s fleet of new Spanish-built CAF trains.

He also oversaw the introduction of new levels of passenger service across NI Railways which has yielded growth rates in excess of 15 per cent per annum.

Today, the transport chief continues to work closely with his counterparts in Iarnrod Eireann to further the strategic development of the Belfast-Dublin service, while undertaking responsibility for the development of strategies and business cases to support further fleet expansion and bringing into service the fleet of Class 4000 trains during 2011/12.