New Summer bus route
Student accommodation at the Langstone campus will close on 31 July. Since the University Bus was originally put in place to serve the student accommodation at Langstone, this has resulted in a review of the service and a revised summer route will start from 1 August.
Student demand for rooms at Langstone has decreased over time with more popular options in the city centre and Southsea, including more modern university halls and accommodation provided by external companies. Substantial investment would have been needed to update the accommodation at Langstone and as a result a decision was taken in 2017 to close the accommodation.
The new bus service will more closely match where students live in the city based on travel survey results from students and staff.
The existing inter site bus service will continue to run from Langstone to the main campus in the city centre until 31 July on its out of term timetable.
A new circular bus service will start from 1 August with a new route for the summer timetable, in response to student feedback over many years and more recently through the student travel survey organised by the Students’ Union as part of a wider University travel plan.
The new service will no longer travel to Langstone, but it will run with stops at Bransbury Park in Eastney, Prince Albert Road, Francis Avenue, Fratton Bridge, Winston Churchill Avenue and Cambridge Road, with new stops at Elm Grove, Kings Theatre, Festing Hotel and Eastney Health Centre.
The new summer timetable will run from 7.36am to 6.37pm on weekdays instead of the current 8.00am to 5.36pm timetable.
The summer service will continue to operate from Monday to Friday until 7 September and is free for students and staff if they show their staff/student ID cards. Discussions are ongoing with the University about a term time bus service starting from 10 September, with details to be published when they’re finalised as part of the University’s wider travel plan.
The sport pitches, changing facilities and car park at Langstone will continue to be used by students, as they cannot be provided elsewhere in the city. Alternative travel arrangements are being discussed for students who would have used the University bus for sport at Langstone.
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