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Stagecoach Bus of the Future Competition

13 Jul 2016

Stagecoach East Scotland have announced the winner of their 'Bus of the Future' competition as Isla Malcolm from Benarty Primary School.

To celebrate the investment in a fleet of new single deck buses for route 19 earlier in the year, Stagecoach East Scotland launched a local competition for school children in the area.

Route 19, which has been in operation for over 100 years, serves Ballingry, Lochgelly, Cowdenbeath, Halbeath Park & Ride, Dunfermline and Rosyth, every 10 minutes. The buses, launched in early 2016, were manufactured by Alexander Dennis and feature the latest 'green' Euro 6 engines and free wi-fi access on board.

The 'Bus of the Future' competition encouraged pupils to think about what the buses of the future could be like - how they look and how they work.

Competition entries included drawings and stories about future bus travel from primary schools along the 19 bus route. The winning idea was designed by Isla Malcolm, primary six pupil at Benarty Primary School. Isla's 'Bus of the Future' (shown below) is called 'The Calm bus' and is powered by scrap paper. Customers can travel free if they bring scrap paper to power the journey. Using buttons at the front of the bus passengers can control the music and lighting, get a luxury foot spa and have great views as the roof is see-through.

Sarah Elliott, Marketing Manager, Stagecoach East Scotland said: "We received some fantastic ideas, from buses fuelled by bubbles, driverless engines, floors of entertainment and so many innovative shapes and designs! Isla's bus design and explanation now features inside one of the buses operating on route 19 so that our customers can enjoy the creativity."

The 'Bus of the Future' competition winners include:

1st prize: Isla Malcolm, P6, Benarty Primary School

Stagecoach travel vouchers, 2 tickets to the Adventure Island Golf at Fife Leisure Park and a pass for Isla and her class to visit the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum.

2nd prize: Ben McNeil, P3/4, Park Road Primary School

Stagecoach travel vouchers, a family pass to the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum and 2 tickets to the Adventure Island Golf at Fife Leisure Park.

Runner up: Katie Dair, Crossgates Primary School

A family pass to the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum and 2 tickets to the Adventure Island Golf at Fife Leisure Park.

Runner up: Shaniya Mitchell, P2/3, Cowdenbeath Primary School

A family pass to the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum and 2 tickets to the Adventure Island Golf at Fife Leisure Park.

Full timetable information for route 19 is available here.

 

Bus of the future competition