Bus service First have won the contract to be the preferred bus partner of the University of York, replacing the Unibus service.
Unibus will still run the 44 service around York and campus and have firmly stated that they are here to stay. Unibus, which prides itself on having friendly drivers and superb customer service, will keep running for students, staff and visitors to the University, including local users across the city.
Transdev, the international company who owns the Unibus service, have decided to continue running in spite of no longer receiving funding from the University.
Transdev’s York Transport Manager, Adam Jones, said,
Unibus has been one of the biggest public transport success stories in York in recent memory, attracting more than double the amount of customer journeys in the past five years. We are seen as the people’s favourite. Working closely with student bodies and groups, I’ll ensure that everyone associated with Unibus will continue to build relations even further with our customers and the wider population of York and its University. There will be some changes to the route and timetable with us running to Heslington East Interchange instead of via Lakeside Way from August 2nd. We’ll run right through vacation periods as normal.”
A recent independent study showed positive feedback for the Unibus service provided by Transdev. The results showed that 92% of staff and students scored Unibus drivers as good or excellent, compared to 66% on the competing service. 84% of respondents said that Unibus offered great value for money, compared to 52% on the competitors’ buses.
A special £10 for twenty bus trips ‘Unibus Tripper Card’ is available now.