We’ve spent the last six months working with Sussex University’s Students’ Union, after they mounted a campaign to improve bus services for students.
We listened closely to their concerns and we’re confident that these really positive discussions will deliver real improvements for students.
We’ll lay on an extra bendy bus for university route 25 during the morning peak and we’ve changed the timetables on routes 23, 50, and 50U to coincide better with university lecture times.
Students also raised the fact that their loans arrive a few weeks after term starts, making longer-term, better value tickets harder to pay for. We’re currently in talks with the Students’ Union to explore allowing students to defer payment for these tickets, while still being able to travel.
Sussex University students had this to say about the process: “Brighton & Hove Buses were very quick to respond to our campaign and kindly invited us to their head office to discuss the issues facing students and citizens that our campaigning had illuminated. In the meeting, everyone involved was incredibly respectful, open to change and extremely collaborative, and that is something we cannot thank them enough for. Our expectations for the meeting were beyond exceeded and we all left thoroughly impressed at the amount of progress we had made in a few hours.