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St Colman’s College Pupil Wins 2017 Ulsterbus Cup

12 December 2017

Translink and DfI Road Safety Promotion and Outreach today (Tuesday 12th December 2017) presented the 2017 Ulsterbus Cup to Nial Connell, a pupil from St Colman’s College, Newry. 

The 23rd annual Ulsterbus Cup presentation promotes effective road safety education to ensure responsible behaviour from pedestrians, passengers and motorists. 

Nial won the Cup in recognition of being Northern Ireland’s top performing pupil in the GCSE subject of Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies (MVRUS) which covers a range of topics including: the Highway Code; alcohol abuse amongst road users; motoring mechanics and legal driving requirements. 

There have been 62 road traffic collision fatalities in Northern Ireland this year (as at Dec 11th). 

Speaking at a special presentation in Laganside Buscentre, John Thompson, Translink Health and Safety Manager, said it was important to continue to raise the profile of Road Safety: 

“The Ulsterbus Cup shines a spotlight on important travel safety messages and reminds everyone to be vigilant and responsible at all times while using the local transport network – especially at this time of year when travel conditions can be more challenging. 

“Safety is always Translink’s top priority. Our new Corporate Responsibility Strategy highlights our commitment to always put safety first by taking responsibility for our activities and focussing on continuous improvement. We implement a wide range of safety awareness initiatives every year to try to reduce safety – related incidents across the bus and rail network.**

“We would like to congratulate Nial and St Colman’s College Newry on winning the Ulsterbus Cup and hope that this outstanding performance reminds other young people to stay travel safe,” said John. 

Lynda Hurley, Head of Department for Infrastructure’s Safe and Sustainable Travel Promotion and Outreach team said: “I would like to congratulate Nial on his award and thank St Colman’s College, Newry for continuing to offer Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies as a GCSE choice to their students.

“Children and young people are amongst the most vulnerable groups using our roads, and in particular young males between the ages 17 to 24 are over represented amongst those killed or seriously injured. The road safety knowledge and skills gained by students when completing the Motor Vehicle and Road User Studies GCSE may one day save a life and for that reason alone in is a vital tool in educating young pre-drivers at a very influential stage in their lives. 

“I also look forward to continuing our partnership working with CCEA to promote the subject further and I would encourage other schools to consider offering the GCSE as an option to their pupils.” 

The Ulsterbus Cup is delivered in partnership between Translink and the Department for Infrastructure Road Safety Promotion and Outreach.

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