New Term time University Bus Service from 10 September

A new University Bus service is being piloted this autumn term, close to where many students live in Southsea.

A circular route was introduced in August based on travel survey results from students and staff and the closure of student accommodation at Langstone. As part of the pilot, we will be working with the Students’ Union to monitor bus usage and gather feedback for review in November.

The circular route will continue with an enhanced term timetable from 10 September to Friday 15 December, running from 07.36am Monday to Friday with the last stop after midnight at 12.34am.

The University Bus is free for students and staff if they show their staff/student ID cards, but is primarily intended for students. We would ask staff who can work flexibly to avoid peak times of 8am to 9am and 4pm to 5pm if possible as we expect this service to be very popular.

The alternative option of offering subsidised tickets for city buses was explored, but it was quickly discovered that a limited amount of tickets could be offered and this would potentially present a lack of equality. It was decided that it would be better to offer a completely free bus service on one circular route rather than small discounts on multiple routes.     

The bus has a maximum capacity for safety reasons and the bus will need to continue to the next stop if they are full. You will need to wait for the next bus. Students may also want to consider avoiding peak times if their timetables allow and it can be quicker to cycle and walk from certain locations on the route like Albert Road and Elm Grove. In addition, the city’s First Bus routes 1 and 2 cross-over at key points with the University route providing a cost effective alternative. Further information can be found on the Student Union website to help you decide the easiest way to travel.

Anyone wishing to travel to Langstone sports facilities can use the bus service to the Prince Albert stop and then it is a 20 minute walk along Locksway Road. The Estates and Campus Services Department are working with the Department of Sports and Recreation to explore other arrangements in place for students playing sport during term time.

The Faculty of Science have made alternative arrangements for travel to the Institute of Marine Science and this bus service has stopped.

If you have any questions about the route and timetable please contact the Myport team by visiting the Myport Information service or via myport@port.ac.uk and for any concerns about the service contact the Estates and Campus Services Helpdesk 02392 846677 or via estates.helpdesk@port.ac.uk.

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  1. Will there be a weekend service at some point? The library is open 24/7 term time. Many students rely on studying at the university library at weekends. Should we not be providing a weekend bus service as well?

    • As part of this pilot bus service, we will be working with the Students’ Union to monitor bus usage and gather feedback for review in November. If you would like to be part of this please contact the Student Union.

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