Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Meet Penfro the Puffin

Pembrokeshire's coastal buses have a new mascot.

Penfro the Puffin has been brought into service to highlight the County's environmentally friendly coastal bus network.

The Puffin logo has been used on the coastal bus services since they began in 2000.

Now the character has been brought to life to help promote the new green buses being used on the coastal routes from this summer.

Four of the six vehicles used on the coastal bus network are now powered using recycled vegetable oil gathered from catering establishments throughout Pembrokeshire.

It's estimated the green switch will result in an 80% reduction in carbon emissions compared to more conventional diesel-powered buses.

The new Puffin character - a companion to the healthy school meals mascot Lenny the Leek - stepped into the spotlight for the first time at the recent County Show.

He was named Penfro following a competition.

Brothers Geraint and Robert Bowen of Walwyn's Castle and Fletcher Elms of Sageston all came up with the winning name.

They were recently presented with £50 shopping voucher prizes by Councillor Jamie Adams, Cabinet Member for Highways and Planning.

Pembrokeshire's coastal bus network was designed and introduced by Pembrokeshire County Council in conjunction with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority as part of the Pembrokeshire Greenways project, which encourages people to access the countryside and coast through public transport.

Photograph: Geraint and Robert Bowen and Fletcher Elms are pictured with Councillor Jamie Adams; Darren Thomas, Head of Highways and Construction; Sarah Middleton, Planning Officer from the Pembrokeshire Coast and the current Chair of Greenways - and of course, Penfro the Puffin.


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