First Bus will be implementing the recommendations made by Eve Alcock, President of the SU. As of 6thJanuary 2019, First Bus will be returning its U1 route to former glory, meaning it will once again be driving through the city centre, aiming to end student contempt for buses with this route.
As posted on Eve Alcock’s Facebook page, these recommendations included:
- “The clean Euro 6 engines of the U1 double decker … could be switched back to the old route that serves the city”
- “If the work going on at the Abbey makes a bus queue here unsafe, the stop could be the other side of the Guildhall building”
- “The less eco-friendly but larger capacity bendy buses could then serve the old U1X route, taking students directly from Oldfield Park to the Uni”
First have also committed to further improvements to their services, such as a reversed loop in Oldfield Park, as well as supplementary buses starting at Green Park, Grand Parade and Bathwick Hill. Additionally, both the University and First have agreed that it will be in the interests of all students if they are work more closely together, ensuring that meaningful engagement remains proactive.
The changing routes that came into effect on the 2nd of September caused chaos when term began. Many students made daily complaints via a ‘Uni Bus Feedback’ Facebook group created by the SU. This feedback led Eve, SU president, to create a strong case for First to agree to a series of well-informed recommendations. These were then discussed with local MP, Wera Hobhouse, who provided her support. Following this, Eve presented these plans to First Bus Executives in an effort to ensure that students’ voices were heard. Fortunately, they were.