Prize Presentation 2013

Eco Schools Travel Challengers 2013








Pupils across Northern Ireland have been rewarded for taking positive steps to tackle the problem of congestion and pollution caused by car traffic during the school run.

The Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge encourages pupils, parents and teachers to use sustainable forms of transport for the school journey and aims to raise awareness on the impact of transport on the environment.

Over a four-week period, participating schools monitored individual pupil travel patterns for the school journey and encouraged more walking, cycling, bus and train journeys.

St Colman’s College, Newry, Victoria College, South Belfast, St Malachy’s PS, Newry, and St Vincent de Paul PS, North Belfast, were the overall winners of the 2012/13 Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge, demonstrating the best use of sustainable transport*.

Speaking at a special prize presentation event in Belfast Central Station, Translink Group Chief Executive Catherine Mason said:

“Congratulations to all our participants and winners who have successfully completed the travel challenge. They have demonstrated a clear understanding of the importance of embracing more sustainable travel modes which will hopefully continue to influence their transport choices in the future.

“As a large organisation, we recognise the importance of respecting and protecting the environment in which we operate and this initiative reflects our ‘Go Eco’ business approach, encouraging more people to adopt a greener lifestyle,” said Catherine.

TIDY Northern Ireland’s Eco-Schools Manager Carmel Fyfe, said: 

The Translink Travel Challenge has been an exciting way to educate our young people further on the positive reasons for using sustainable transport and it is wonderful to see so many pupils in schools across Northern Ireland getting involved.

“Encouraging sustainable transport use is a key topic in the Eco-Schools Programme and we are delighted to once again be supported by Translink with the Travel Challenge which is a great way for schools to work towards achieving the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag. Congratulations to all those schools who participated in the challenge.”

The Translink 2013-14 Eco-Schools Travel Challenge will be launched in the Autumn school term.