Sheffield schoolboy designs bus of the future

joshua Slide and Stagecoach Yorkshire driver Scott Mathers
joshua Slide and Stagecoach Yorkshire driver Scott Mathers
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Buses will be driven by robots and boast TVs in the future if a Sheffield boy’s award winning design becomes a reality.

Stagecoach Yorkshire invited school children across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire to design their idea of a ‘bus of the future’ for a competition to promote the benefits of public transport.

Joshua Slide, from Intake, Sheffield, won with his bus design which included TVs on the back of all seats.

The 11-year-old, who recently started Birley Community College, also dreamed up features for his double-decker including robot drivers, and seats made of luxurious leather.

The poster competition was part of the annual ‘Catch the Bus Week’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of taking the bus and encourage local people to make the switch from their cars.

Stagecoach Yorkshire presented Joshua with a bumper stationery pack filled with items he will need for the new school year.

Paul Lynch, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We were very excited to see all the creative and imaginative designs the children dreamed up and drew for us.

“We really liked Joshua’s combination of advanced technology and ultra-comfy seats – not to mention being able to catch up on the telly while travelling.”

Stagecoach Yorkshire joined forces with sustainable transport group Greener Journeys to promote the benefits of bus use during the third annual Catch the Bus Week.

Paul added: “We’re keen to help young people learn about the benefits of bus travel, how it can help protect the environment, as well as with improving their health and wellbeing and connecting them to their friends and family.”