03 Aug 2015
A group of primary school pupils from Blacon have been flexing their creative muscles to produce a design for the perfect bus.
Children from schools across Merseyside and Cheshire were tasked by Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire to design the bus as part of the national “Catch the Bus Week” programme, which encourages people to use public transport.
The winning entry came from nine year old, Ruby Davies from The Arches Primary School in Chester. Her “Wacky Bus” design beat hundreds of other entries and is now on show on all Stagecoach buses in Chester for the summer. Ruby also won £250 worth of art supplies for her school and goody bags for her class in the process.
Commenting on her drawing, she said: “I thought it would be funny to make a really colourful bus as it would make everyone smile when they see it.
“I love getting the bus. Every time I go on the bus, it’s like going on a school trip and I get to see a new place. My favourite place to visit is definitely Chester Zoo!”
Rob Jones, operations director at Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “Congratulations to Ruby and her school for winning our competition. Her design showed lots of thought and creativity. I’ve asked the question to see if we can make the bus, so who knows, you might see it on the roads in the near future!”
Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire has recently slashed the prices of child ticket fares in Blacon and the Cheshire area to open up travel options for youngsters.The age limit for children purchasing tickets has also risen from under-16 to under-19.
Rob added: “Our aim is to make transport accessible and affordable for all users, especially youngsters under 19. Our new price structure will help remove any cost barriers which might restrict this age group and help young people who really rely on our services.”
Headteacher at The Arches Primary School, Michelle Ashfield, commented: “We encourage the students to embrace creative thinking and design so this competition was perfect for them to take part in. The new art supplies will go to good use in the school.”