Bus route changes
First Bus, like many other bus operators, is facing challenges including changing passenger numbers and the national shortage of drivers.
From 27 September Abus will be operating the 22 service that runs between our University’s Claverton Down campus and Twerton. You can find out more including the new timetable on the Abus website.
The drivers are stepping in before the official start date of 10 October, so please be patient with any teething issues as the service gets underway. This is a positive development and we’re grateful for all the work behind the scenes to achieve this outcome. Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation, particularly at the start of Semester, which is always particularly busy.
The timetables and routes for the U1 and U2 services are available on the First Bus website. You can also preview the U1 timetable for Arrivals and the first week of Semester with your University login.
We understand that reliable and affordable bus routes are vital for our students, staff and visitors as previous surveys have shown that more than half of those who travel to our campus do so by bus.
As we continue to monitor the effect of any changes on our staff and student communities, can we please ask for your help:
- if you're a student, please update your SAMIS record with your new term-time address. This will give the University better information on the number of students who may be affected by any route or timetable changes this year
- if you are a staff member, please ensure your home address is up to date on iTrent as this will give us similar information for staff.
We are also looking at what other options might be available to alleviate the particularly busy start-of-Semester period for the short term.
In addition, we continue to liaise closely with First Bus about bus routes, frequency and capacity across the academic year and will continue to work with B&NES, WECA and others, including the Students’ Union, to support sustainable transport solutions.
Alternative travel to campus and study spaces
We fully appreciate that alternative travel to campus may not be possible or realistic for everyone. However, for those who are able to walk or cycle to the University, our guide includes details of secure cycle storage and free shower facilities. Students can also borrow a free bike from the SU, while staff can save money on a bike through the Cyclescheme.
Additionally, if you're not coming onto campus for lectures or timetabled activity, remember the University has other spaces you can use for studying and meeting with others: the Virgil Building in the city centre and at Dartmouth Avenue in Oldfield Park.
What you can do to help
Every year, the start of Semester is very busy. To ensure you reach campus when you want to, please leave extra time for your journey for the first few weeks of the academic year, particularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when the teaching timetable looks particularly busy.
We recommend that you download the SafeZone app. The University will send alerts through SafeZone if we know there are unexpected problems with the bus service. You can also use the app to contact our Security team if you feel like you’re in an unsafe situation.
Contact First Bus
If you have feedback for First Bus, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s treat each other with respect; we know delays can be frustrating, but the bus drivers are working hard to keep our community on the move.