I am writing to provide an update on ongoing discussions with First Managing Director James Freeman following a meeting which also involved the President of the Students’ Union and other colleagues.

The University and our Students’ Union are continuing to work closely with First to address the serious concerns of students and staff over bus services to and from campus including issues related to accessibility.

The introduction of coaches to increase capacity on the U1 route, steps taken to improve embarkation times on campus and increased operational flexibility were acknowledged by all to have made a positive impact against the backdrop of a challenging combination of circumstances. It was however recognised that more needed to be done.

First have confirmed that barring exceptional circumstances, the only vehicles operating on the U1 route from Monday 15th October will be accessible buses. First are also working with B&NES Council on the possible relocation of the bus stop near Bath Spa station to improve access for those travelling towards the University.

Further to a proposal put forward by the President of the Students’ Union, First have confirmed that they are looking into the possible implementation of changes designed to address concerns including those over the new U1 route, with a target implementation date, assuming Transport Commissioner approval, of January 2019.

A further meeting will be held on October 22nd and I will provide another update after this.

In the meantime, if you have any further comments or questions, you can contact First directly by emailing Bath-Uni.feedback@firstgroup.com.

Professor Steve Egan Vice-President (Implementation)


For further information see Professor Steve Egan's message on 20 September