You would only have to set foot on campus last year to hear the murmurings of unrest surrounding the bus services in Bristol. So much so that the SU President, Charlie Roper, launched ‘The Only Way Is Wessex?’ campaign in a bid to improve the transport system. As Wessex look to rise from the cloudy smoke of discontent, there are a few changes in the offing for the new academic year.

The research that Charlie and the SU conducted on the bus services showed that students want later running, more frequent buses. This has been addressed and you can take a degree of comfort knowing that changes have been made. An extension to the 13 Wessex service means that it will now run until half past twelve in the night. The outcome perhaps forcing students out of the taxi ranks and into the bus stops, or at least there is now a viable alternative.

Also, the 12 and 13 services between city centre and Frenchay will now run more regularly, while the express 14 service will run at weekends for the first time. Wessex Red isn’t the only service improving either, as the First service numbers 70 and 71 will now be leaving campus every 7 or 8 minutes.

This improvement comes with a price, however. The cost of a Day Rider ticket has increased to £3.50 from £3.00, although a student return can now be bought for £2.70. Prompt buses and accurate timetabling was another cause for concern and while Wessex claim that changes have been made, it will take a couple of months to see if the bus service has really improved on the whole.

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The UWESU launched the campaign after a wave of student criticism against Wessex Red

By Charlie La Foret