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03 Jul 2018
A budding artist from Kingswells Primary School has won a local competition promoting the environmental benefits of using public transport.
Kingswells Primary School pupils have participated in a drawing competition where they were tasked with illustrating why it is better to travel by bus following the launch of service 14 connecting Kingswells to Aberdeen.
Children took part in the art competition in June 2018 and almost 200 entries were submitted from the second biggest primary school in Aberdeen. Each entry was unique with their own reasons for encouraging bus transportation. Reasons for travelling by bus included eco-friendly travel, safe and affordable travel and the bus being a fun way to travel with friends.
Entries were reviewed by the directors at Stagecoach before the lucky winner was chosen.
Jenny, 11, from Primary 6 won the competition with her illustration of children using the bus to get to school. Jenny's artwork is now proudly on permanent display on the back of one of the service 14 buses in Kingswells. Jenny also secured the top prize of a bicycle for her efforts while all other entrants received a Stagecoach goodie bag for taking part.
Mrs MacIver, head teacher of Kingwells Primary School said: "All of the children did a fantastic job creating their entries for the competition and I look forward to seeing Jenny's winning design on the buses in the village."
Ian Bell, Operations Manager for Stagecoach North Scotland said: "With almost 200 entries it was hard to narrow it down to just one winner. Jenny’s drawing encompasses many great reasons to opt for bus travel, highlighting eco-friendly travel and the ease of taking the bus to school. We are delighted with the amount of interest from Kingswells Primary School and would like to thank all of the pupils for their participation."
The artwork designed by winner Jenny can be spotted on the service 14 route connecting Kingswells and Aberdeen City Centre. Service 14 is supported by Aberdeen City Council and launched on Monday 30th April 2018.
The buses operated on the Kingswells route are fitted with free wi-fi as well as the latest vehicle tracking software allowing customers to see exactly when their bus will arrive through the Stagecoach mobile app. Contactless payments have also been recently introduced to all Stagecoach buses in the North Scotland area.