Prize Presentation 2014









Pupils James Murphy from Holy Cross PS, Attical, and Jill Murray from Dundonald PS are joined by Philip O'Neill, Chief Operating Officer, Translink and Carmel Fyffe, Eco Schools Manager, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, to celebrate winning the 2014 Translink Eco Schools Travel Challenge that encouraged school children and parents across Northern Ireland to use more sustainable transport for the school run. Over a four-week period, schools monitored pupil travel patterns and encouraged more walking, cycling, bus or train travel.

18 June 2014

Schools celebrate sustainable travel challenge success.

Translink & Eco Schools reward pupil efforts to tackle car dependency.

The results of the 2014 ‘Translink Eco Schools Travel Challenge’ have been announced today (Wednesday 18th June 2014) recognising pupils across Northern Ireland who have taken positive steps to tackle car dependency.

Dundonald Primary School – East Belfast, St Colman’s College – Newry and Holy Cross Primary School – Attical were the top performers in the initiative that aimed to encourages school pupils and parents to choose more environmentally-friendly transport modes for the school run. Over a four-week period,  participating schools monitored pupil travel patterns and encouraged more walking, cycling, bus or train travel.

Magherafelt PS, Ballymacricket PS and St Malachys PS Newry also received the Eco Schools Green Flag Award following successful completion of the travel challenge.

Speaking at a Prize Giving Ceremony in Belfast Central Station, Translink Chief Operating Officer Philip O’Neill said:

“Congratulations to all 24 schools who have successfully completed the travel challenge and embraced the benefits of sustainable transport.

“Last year, over 79 million bus and rail passenger journeys were made in Northern Ireland – an increase of over two million in the past two years. These figures support our belief that ‘Life’s better by bus or train’ and we hope that more young people will choose passenger transport throughout their lives.

“We were pleased to work in partnership with Eco Schools to deliver the travel challenge and look forward to educating more local pupils about the benefits of sustainable travel,” said Philip.

Carmel Fyfe, Eco-Schools Manager, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, 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 which participated in the challenge.”

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