Uni-link: learning from First principles

This article describes the development and operation of a university-based bus service in the city of Southampton, southern England. The previous university bus service, operated by First, was found to be unresponsive to customer demand, with poor driver training. A new operator, Minerva Accord, gained the contract and worked in partnership with Southampton University to provide a range of services suitable for the needs of both students and the general public, with a smart card scheme of ticketing and improved driver training. Buses have two doors for speed of boarding and alighting and a public address system to encourage communication from driver to passengers. The fleet comprises a range of vehicle types to suit passenger needs on different routes. (A)


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 22-24
  • Serial:
    • BUSES
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0007-6392

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01043754
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 9 2007 8:19AM