Bus trip is a gas for nursery pupils

Hudson Road Primary School pupils check out the Stagecoach North Eas gas bus as part of the companys Green Week Teaching Tuesday campaign.
Hudson Road Primary School pupils check out the Stagecoach North Eas gas bus as part of the companys Green Week Teaching Tuesday campaign.
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A Sunderland primary school received a visit from a special bus as part of an environmental initiative.

Sixteen nursery pupils at Hudson Road Primary School welcomed Stagecoach North East bus drivers and a gas bus as part of the company’s Green Week ‘Teaching Tuesday’ campaign.

The young eco warriors were treated to a trip around the town on the bus, which uses the latest in ‘eco’ technology to take passengers all around the city.

The youngsters learned about the green energy that gas buses use and how it helps to improve the environment.

The children were able to explore the bus, and took turns to sit in the driver’s chair and toot the loud horn.

Bus drivers Steve Hamilton and Wayne Doran also took along some green goodies for the pupils, including recycled bags and pens.

Four-year-old Eve, a pupil at the school, said: “I really liked the bus trip and we went on a journey. The bus driver let us use the horn and it was really loud! It was lots of fun.”

Head teacher Cathy Westgate said: “The children really loved the bus, the journey and the drivers. They are even using it now in their play.”

Laura Smith, Operations Manager at the Stagecoach depot in Sunderland, said: “We were delighted to be able to show the children how the ‘green’ gas bus works and take them on a little trip, which they enjoyed very much.

“Stagecoach’s annual Green Week is an important awareness campaign which we are keen to support in our local community, and visiting the school offers a great opportunity to encourage youngsters to think’ green’, as well as having fun.”