Broughty pupils hop on the Hybrids

One of National Express Dundee’s new ‘green buses’ made a whistle-stop tour of Broughty Ferry primary schools last week.

The double decker visited Forthill, Craigiebarns, Eastern and Barnhill Primaries to allow children the chance to get on board and learn more about the vehicle’s hybrid-electric engine, high-tech features and reduced emissions.

The visits was also used to kick-start a poster competition among the classes – the kids who come up with the best designs will see their pictures on the side of one of the hybrids, which will hit the roads in May, operating mainly on Service 5.

The young people boarding the new buses were getting information about the technology behind the vehicles, the benefits to the environment, as well as general behaviour and safety advice about bus travel. For some it’s their first time sitting in a bus and there are plenty of questions to ask!

The workshops and competition are being run as part of the Dundee Travel Active programme, being delivered by JMP Consultants on behalf of Dundee City Council.

Caley McDowall, Senior Transport Planner from JMP said: “Dundee Travel Active has been working with the city’s primary schools for the past few years to show how children and their families can benefit from walking, cycling and using public transport more. This new phase is being delivered thanks to strong support from National Express Dundee. We look forward to seeing the pupils’ winning designs on the buses which will help spread the message about the benefits that this new bus investment will bring to the people of Dundee”.

Phil Smith, Managing Director of National Express Dundee said: "These young people are the next generation of bus users in Dundee and the surrounding area, so I'm pleased to see they're taking such an interest in our new hybrids! They might not fully realise it yet, but these buses are an investment in their future - I hope they'll enjoy the improved passenger experience and cleaner air that they offer for many years to come."

Published 7th May 2013