UWE expands popular bus services to Bristol city centre
A popular bus service run through Bristol by the University of the West of England is being expanded after passenger numbers doubled in the last year.
More than 6,000 people a day use the Ulink services, compared to just over 2,500 in autumn 2007.
UWE has revealed changes to services which come into effect from Monday:
● U1 and U2, from Frenchay to the city centre and Bower Ashton via Gloucester Road, will be increased to four times an hour.
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● U3, from Frenchay to the city centre via Fishponds Road, will be increased to three services an hour.
● An extra departure on the U5, from the city centre to Frenchay via Clifton and Henleaze, leaving from Marlborough Street at 7.35am.
UWE set up the Ulink service in 2007, following the award of a contract to Wessex Connect to provide an efficient transport service between the university's campuses and key locations in Bristol.
The services were opened to the public shortly after the initial launch and national travel cards for the elderly are accepted after 9am.
Steve Ward, the University of the West of England's travel planner, said: "Since the start of this academic year we have had a huge increase in demand for the service.
"We are now responding to customer demands with an enhanced service, and making specific improvements where demand is high.
"For example, the early morning service from outside the BRI in central Bristol at 7.35am enables students to make an 8.30am lecture at Frenchay.
"The Ulink service is a key part of UWE's sustainability strategy.
"We are in the top three of the UK's sustainable universities and we will continue to improve our transport planning to fit in with this.
"By being responsive to customer needs and demand for the service, we aim to continue to enhance the Ulink service and to provide a practical and viable alternative to car use to and from our campuses."
The five routes through Bristol serve Broadmead and Cabot Circus up to ten times an hour.