Pupils hop on the hybrid

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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 were also used to kick-start a poster competition among the classes – the children 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 who boarded the new buses received information about the technology behind the vehicles, the benefits to the environment, as well as general behaviour and safety advice about bus travel.

The workshops and competition were 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.”