Shuttle bus from Highfield to NOCS

Daria Cislo submitted on

Thursday 17th January 2019


Dear SUSU,

I've realised that getting from Highfield to NOCs is not only my problem. Despite a high frequency of U1C from Highfield, getting to NOCs during peak hours takes more than 45 minutes (I've heard from 2nd-year students that sometimes they have only 1 hour or less to get there). I understand that traffic is unavoidable, however, I think it is still possible to shorten this time. In my opinion, creating a dedicated shuttle bus with a shorter route (omitting Portswood and central station) and less stops would solve the problem. 

Thanks for help!

Kind regards,

Daria Cislo


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Students' Union replied on

Friday 22nd Feb 2019 11:39am

Hi Daria,

Thank you for your You Make Change submission.

Shuttle buses is indeed something that I have looked into this year. However, having spoken with the University's transport manager, the problem is that if we provided a free shuttle bus for students to NOCS we would have to do it for all Southampton sites and and would mean that Unilink would be put out of business which would in fact limit the availibility of transport and accessibility of the city. 

Having said this, I have suggested the idea of having student only buses at peak times or buses a limited number of U1C buses that provide a more direct route as you suggest. The University is open to these possibilities however unfortunately these changes would not be able to be implemented until the timetable change in September as it would cause too much network disruption otherwise.

I will continue to explore ways to improve this situation in the meantime. If you have any practical suggestions for how we can improve in the short term, please let me know and I would be more than happy to feed this back to the University. My email is

All the best,

Emily Harrison

Vice President Student Communities 2018-19.


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Tessa Hibbert commented on

Monday 18th Feb 2019 9:03am

A great idea, would suggest a stop in portswood as lots of students live there. 

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