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Pupils from Hill of Banchory Primary have proudly participated in the launch of Stagecoach’s new eco buses as part of a transport project.

The Primary Two class was on hand to help out as the new fleet of eco-friendly vehicles was launched last Thursday, June 5.

Stagecoach has invested £1.5 million in the fleet of 10 new Enviro300 buses, which will carry passengers around the company’s Bluebird area. This means the new buses will be transporting passengers around Deeside from now on.

The launch came as part of the bus operator’s sixth annual Stagecoach Green Week, an initiative run by the company throughout the UK and America. The day chosen for the pupils to ‘christen’ the new buses also coincided with World Environment Day on June 5.

Hill of Banchory P2 pupils are currently studying transport as a classroom topic.

The school also holds a prestigious Green Flag Award, which is the highest achievement possible in the international Eco Schools programme. The initiative aims to make environmental awareness an intrinsic part of life for school pupils, staff and the wider community.

The children were excited to climb aboard the new bus.

P2 teacher Louise Fry said: “This was an excellent opportunity to bring our class topic to life by giving the pupils hands-on experience of modern transport.”

The 10 new eco-buses are full size, weight-efficient single deckers featuring a chassis and body combination which offers environmental, energy and economic benefits.

The vehicles hold the potential to drive down operating costs by offering more seats and reducing fuel consumption with no compromise to strength or reliability.

Stagecoach North Scotland managing director Steve Walker said: “This shows Stagecoach Bluebird’s continued investment in the region and, despite increased congestion, we are investing in greener buses and still maintaining our promise to provide passengers with new buses with a combination of high specifications, durability and reliability to maintain our services and timetables and keep the environment greener.”

Perth-based Stagecoach encouraged employees and customers to continue driving forward their green agenda during this year’s Green Week.