Women at the Wheel: Bus Design competition

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of our first female bus drivers in Bristol (March 1944), we are launching a competition to create a new design to cover a whole double decker bus.

You don't have to be a bus expert to enter, you just need to have a vision for how your artwork will capture the significance of the changes that were made in our business 80 years ago when women began driving buses in Bristol for the first time and how we can continue to inspire change in the transport industry.

Although we have come a long way since the first female drivers started driving Bristol buses in 1944, still to this day only 10% (source: Women in Bus and Coach) of the people who work in the bus industry are women. For that reason, and many others, it is still incredibly important to mark International Women’s Day so that we can continue to build a more inclusive environment. Our aim at First Bus is to have a 20% female workforce by 2028.

To reach this goal, we need to break down outdated stereotypes of our industry and change the narrative around what it means to be a bus driver, an engineer or supervisory/ managerial staff along with the many other roles required to keep our business running.

With that goal in mind, we’re giving you the chance to have an entire double decker bus covered with your design or artwork. The vehicle will be part of our Bristol fleet so it’s a chance to see your design driving around the city! This is a great opportunity to see your work in the real world.

How to Enter

To enter the competition, download our briefing pack which contains all you need to know including an example of a previous bus design to inspire you in translating your ideas on to a bus! You'll also need to download our entry form to fill out and submit along with your design.

Fill out the entry form and send this and your filled in template by email to bristolmarketing@firstbus.co.uk or by post to a/o Marketing Team, Enterprise House, Easton Road, Bristol, BS5 0DZ by midnight on Wednesday 6th March 2024.

Click here to download the briefing pack.

Click here to download the template.

Click here to download the entry form.

Click here for full Terms and Conditions