Northern Ireland

Translink: Frank Hewitt appointed as company chairman

Image caption Translink has warned of major cuts in next year's budget

The transport minister Danny Kennedy has appointed a new chairman of Translink.

Frank Hewitt will take up the four-year position in July and will replace outgoing chair John Trethowan.

Last month Translink bosses warned it could go out of existence unless it increases fares or makes cuts to services.

Mr Hewitt will also be responsible for the oversight of Ulsterbus, Metro and Northern Ireland Railways.

Separately in February, Translink chief executive David Strahan quit his £155,000-a-year job "to devote his life to preaching the gospel".

Recruitment for that position is ongoing, a company spokesman said.