University of Leicester eBulletin

No Excuse to Miss the Bus

November 2002
No 263

Long waits for buses should be a thing of the past for University of Leicester students – at least as far as the No 80 is concerned.

In a spirit of co-operation, officials from the University, Students’ Union and Arriva buses have agreed a slightly revised timetable to fit in with lecture times, starting from January 2003. This will mean that students emerging from lectures at half past the hour will be able to catch a bus back to the Halls of Residence immediately, instead of having to wait 25 minutes.

A new service has also been introduced during the week. The number 81 bus will also run between the Halls and main campus, taking a slightly different route from the number 80. On the two routes there will be a total of six extra buses each day.

Arriva is also trialling a Sunday service to the University from the Oadby Halls of Residence, via Ratcliffe Road. A service every other hour will start in January 2003, which will be reviewed in June. If demand is high then the service may be promoted to run hourly.

Pete Lewis, President of the Students’ Union at the University of Leicester, commented:   “This is great news for the hundreds of students who live in Oadby and at the Ratcliffe Road site. For the first time buses are being scheduled to fit in with the times at which students need them. People have been calling for a Sunday service to Oadby for years now and this represents a huge step forward. In addition, Arriva have been very co-operative throughout and we have built some good relationships between the University and the bus operator.”

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further information is available from Pete Lewis, President of the University of Leicester Students’ Union, telephone 0116 223 1125, facsimile 0116 223 1112, email

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