The University of Worcester and Worcester Students’ Union have launched a new night bus service in partnership with First Bus.
The pilot service, to be called the 31N, aims to provide a safe and affordable option for getting home from the City centre to the St John’s area for both students and the public.
The University will subsidise the service, which runs nightly during the University’s Welcome Week (Saturday, September 14 to Sunday, September 22) only, then reduces to three nights a week - Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
The pilot runs for 13 weeks initially, until Saturday December 14. A review at the midway point will assess user numbers and impact to decide whether the service will continue into the second semester.
Harry Lonsdale, President of the Students’ Union, which helped devise the scheme, said: “The night bus is going to provide a fantastic service for our students. It gives them a safe and affordable way home after studying late in the Hive or being in later lectures, or if they are on a well-deserved night out. We are very pleased to be working with First Bus on this project, as well as our excellent University Security team, to ensure the service is for everyone, including the local community. We believe this is yet another initiative that will enhance the experience for our students and the sense of community that we are so proud of here in Worcester.”
The route will run from the bus station (outside of Tramps Nightclub), travelling up Hylton Road, and around the University’s St John’s Campus and on to the Bull Ring before finishing at The Hive. The service will start at 10pm, running half hourly, with the last bus departing at 3.30am. Journeys cost £1 and are payable by contactless card, through a mobile phone or with an e-ticket.