Southern Transit

A Sussex bus and coach business is offering schools the opportunity to win free transport for educational trips, in response to what’s described as the ‘county’s ongoing education funding crisis’.

Sussex-based Southern Transit has recently bought two new ‘Enviro400 City’ double-decker buses and wants to ‘put them to good use’. As such, the company is inviting parents, teachers, and Sussex residents alike, to nominate schools and extra-curricular groups, who could benefit from free travel as part of its Splendid Trips campaign. 

Neil Bird, owner of Southern Transport, commented: “Here at Southern Transit we are passionate about making sure every journey is a memorable and splendid trip.

“It is heart-breaking to think of the budget cuts our county’s schools are facing, and the effect it can potentially have on our children’s education. I remember my school outings as a child being the highlight of the academic year and it would be a terrible shame if today’s youngsters were unable to benefit from the same learning experiences outside of the classroom.”

The Splendid Trips campaign

Every other month, Southern Transit will review the nominations received and a lucky organisation will be rewarded with free return travel, on one of the new 72 seater vehicles, to their choice of destination. 

Four free trips will be given away during the course of the year, in May, July, October and December.

In addition to the free travel, Southern Transit will also be organising a surprise guest on the bus, themed to the respective trip of each winning organisation. For example, if schools are on their way to the Natural History Museum, they could be treated to a special talk from a palaeontologist on their way there. 

How to get involved

Anyone can nominate a school or extra-curricular group such as Scouts, Brownies, youth and sports clubs, as long as the organisation is based in Sussex, and the trip they have planned takes place within one day and is within the South East of England. 

Nominations can be emailed to or can be posted, with details of this on the website.

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