Thank you all for your continued support and patience with our BSU Against the Lemon Cut campaign. Our survey received 561 responses and there was almost a 50/50 split between accepting the University’s previous offer (47.7%) or not (52.3%), but it was evident that students wanted the service to remain free (81.8% of votes). Therefore, we felt that it was more beneficial for us to secure the free service as made in the previous offer.
The powerful student led campaign raised the issues of access, availability and affordability which has at all times informed our negotiation and will continue to inform our longer-term ambitions on this issue.
Following further negotiations between Brighton Students’ Union and senior members of University management, we are delighted to announce that there will be reinstatement of a free, hourly, inter-campus bus service.
While we recognise that students may be concerned about the frequency of this service, the bus will now be a double decker with 80 seats, compared with the previous single decker, 33 seat minibus. In addition, the new service will be operated by Compass travel, for which all buses are fully accessible.
As of 19th October, Brighton SU has secured agreement that:
- The University will fund a free bus once per hour, serving the full Lewes Road route between Grand Parade and Falmer.
- The service will be sustained for the entire 2017/18 academic year, with regular travel usage reports being made.
- Brighton Students’ Union will be involved and active in developing the University’s longer-term solution and the improvement of services provided by B&H Buses to students and the wider community.
As an officer team we are so grateful for all the students who have been involved with the campaign and had an active voice in making a change. We hope you are happy with the outcome and as stated, we will continually reviewing the situation and will keep you all informed.
Moving forward, the current “BSU Against the Lemon Cut” Facebook group will now serve as a “Brighton Inter Campus Travel” forum where students can voice all travel related concerns and we will be able to update you with future negotiations.
Best wishes and as always, we love to hear from you!
Full Time Officer Team.