St Malachy’s travel challengers tackle school run congestion

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Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Primary school children 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 Malachy’s Primary School – Carnagat, Newry, was one of four overall winners in the 2011/12 Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge; demonstrating the best use of sustainable transport. Speaking at a special prize presentation event in Belfast Central Station, Translink’s Ciaran Rogan 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. “During the challenge, we were able to facilitate a number of school visits to local stations giving young people a special insight into bus and rail operations as well as the opportunity to meet local Translink employees. As a large organisation, we remain committed to good environmental performance and this initiative reflects our ‘Go Eco’ approach to encourage more people to adopt a greener lifestyle.” TIDY Northern Ireland’s Eco-Schools Manager Carmel Fyfe, said: “The Translink Travel Challenge has been an exciting competition for schools and has enabled those schools involved to educate children further on the positive reasons for using sustainable transport. Encouraging sustainable transport is a key topic in our Eco-Schools programme and the Translink Travel Challenge is a great way for Eco-Schools to work towards achieving the internationally recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag. Congratulations to all those schools who successfully completed  the challenge.” Schools interested in getting involved in the next Translink Eco-Schools Travel Challenge as part of their assessment for the Eco-Schools Awards Scheme can call 028 9073 6920 or click
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