Go Places with Bus Eireann

Deadline extended for Go Places with Bus Eireann competition

Go Places with Bus Eireann

Picture Credit: Jason Clarke

The deadline has been extended for Go Places with Bus Eireann – a new competition for Transition Year students – given it is the first year of the competition and awareness is accruing.

From today, students have an additional four weeks to submit projects about school and public bus transport to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes for their schools. The competition will now close on April 18th at 5pm.

Go Places with Bus Eireann invites students to give their views on the future of school and public bus transport in Ireland. Students can enter in a group or as individuals, and base their work around any one of the following headings: ‘Safety’, ‘Technology & Communications’, ‘Environment & Sustainability’, ‘Community and Society’, ‘Culture or Sport’. Secondly, they can pick from a number of formats, including a video, a typed submission, a Power Point presentation or an academic poster.

€15,000 Prize Fund

Prize money of €3,000 will be awarded to the school of the winning entrant in each of Bus Éireann five business regions, including the East, the South, Southwest, West and Northwest. The overall winner, selected from the five regional winners, will also receive a day trip to Tayto Park for their class, including complimentary coach hire and passes for up to 50 students; they will also be guests of honour at an award ceremony at Bus Éireann Head Office.

Bus Éireann operates the School Transport Scheme on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. Every day they carry 112,500 students to school and back – that’s over 41 million journeys per year on the School Transport Scheme alone, involving over 6,000 vehicles servicing 3,000 routes to 2,000 schools. It is also the largest provider of regional city, town and rural public transport services, with 650 vehicles in operation on 275 routes throughout the country.

Nicola Cooke, PR and Media Manager at Bus Éireann, said:

“TY students are well placed to give us feedback and ideas on our services given that many of them travel with Bus Éireann every day. We are delighted to extend the competition deadline following a high volume of queries from interested schools and students. The entries we have already received include some fresh and innovative ideas.

We look forward to going through the projects in more detail after the final deadline of April 18th, and announcing the winners on May 2nd.”