Broughty pupils’ eco-designs hit the hybrids

NX Dundee Managing Director Phil Smith with the four winners

Two of National Express Dundee’s new ‘green buses’ are bearing posters designed by schoolchildren from Broughty Ferry.

They’re the winners of the bus operator’s poster competition, launched during a recent series of workshops at four primary schools to raise awareness of the new vehicles and their innovative eco-friendly technology.

The sessions were conducted as part of the Dundee Travel Active programme, being delivered by JMP Consultants on behalf of Dundee City Council, and took place at Forthill, Craigiebarns, Eastern and Barnhill Primaries.

The children were able to get on board the double deckers and learn more about the vehicles’ hybrid-electric engine, high-tech features and reduced emissions – they also received advice about safety and good behaviour during bus travel.

There were around 140 poster entries from the 14 classes which took part in the project. The winners will not only have their designs displayed during the next six months on the hybrid buses operating on Service 5 from Broughty Ferry to Ninewells – they’ve also scooped a £20 cinema voucher, a coach day trip for a family of four and free coach hire for their school.

The winners are:

  • Faith Brand, P5, Craigiebarns High School
  • Kirsty Dick, P2, Forthill Primary School
  • Daniel MacMillan, P5, Eastern Primary School
  • Rachel McKenna, P6, Barnhill Primary School

Phil Smith, Managing Director of National Express Dundee said: "The standard of entries we received was so high it really was difficult to pick the winners! We were impressed with how the children managed to convey the key eco messages of the workshops through their designs.

“Congratulations to Faith, Kirsty, Daniel and Rachel – I hope they’ll enjoy seeing their artwork on the sides of our hybrid double deckers.”

Caley McDowall, Senior Transport Planner from JMP agrees it was difficult to pick one winner from each school: “The effort and creativity that went into the four winning designs was significant, and demonstrated that those pupils had fully understood what had been discussed during the classroom sessions, and the benefits of the new hybrid buses.

"I’m sure that the pupils will enjoy having their designs proudly displayed on the buses for the people of Dundee to see.”

Photo shows: National Express Dundee Managing Director Phil Smith with the four winners (l-r) Rachel McKenna, Faith Brand, Kirsty Dick and Daniel Macmillan

Published 25th June 2013