Unilink announces new timetable for its bus services in Southampton
3 months ago
Unilink has announced a revised timetable for its bus services across Southampton, from Sunday 22 September.
“We have made a number of improvements to routes across our network, following feedback from our customers,” said Unilink general manager, Richard Tyldsley.
“These include the introduction of more buses to Southampton Airport - with all vehicles on the U1 route serving here during both term time and holiday timetables. That means a bus up to every seven minutes.
“We are also increasing the frequency of our U6 service to every 15 minutes, Monday to Friday daytimes - as well as adding more buses for weekday morning and afternoon peak times.”
Unilink is operated by Bluestar on behalf of the University of Southampton. It was originally introduced to provide connections for students between university campuses. Now, anyone can travel with Unilink on any of its services.
Adam Tewkesbury, University of Southampton transport manager, added: “It is great news that Unilink has been able to respond to feedback from their customers and offer increased frequency of buses on the most popular routes. The University actively encourages students, staff and visitors to travel sustainably where possible.
“Unilink’s award-winning bus service carries more than five million passengers every year. This number will only increase following the introduction of more frequent services. A substantial increase in the number of buses serving the Airport and Parkway Station on the U1 route is a bonus for anyone who travels to the University by rail and our students will be pleased with the improved reliability of the U2.
“There’s also better frequency for anyone travelling to either of the city’s hospitals or the city centre. From September, the U6 (our most heavily used service by the wider community) will operate every 15 minutes during the day on Monday to Friday and up to every 20 minutes at other times.”
Another route set for change is the U2. Buses will no longer serve bus stops at Binstead Close, Leaside Way, Bassett Green Road (southbound), Market Buildings, Swaythling McDonald’s, Aster Road, Tulip Road, Bealing Close or Burgess Road Library - but these stops are just a short walk to other stops on Lobelia Road for the U2, the Bluestar 2 and U6 in Stoneham Lane or U1 in Burgess Road.
“We are also introducing more direct buses to Highfield and the city centre,” said Unilink’s Richard Tyldsley. “Following student feedback, we are increasing the number of direct buses from Glen Eyre/Chamberlain Halls.
“The changes we are making are designed to improve reliability - so we hope they are well received by those traveling with us across the city.”