Reduced student prices and late night buses have been revealed as part of a number of improved travel options for students in Swansea.
The opening of the Bay Campus means there are likely to be more students than ever travelling across Swansea; and a Travel Plan has been put in place to ensure students have plenty of choices for travel in the city.
Swansea University and the Students’ Union have been working with its partners at the City and County Swansea, Neath Port Talbot Council, and First Cymru, to ensure the best travel deals for students and a number of new and improved travel initiatives have been announced.
A new Swansea City area bus pass has been created, which includes travel between campuses and within Swansea. The new pass will see students paying a reduced rate of £300 for an academic year pass, a saving of £90 from last year. A full year bus pass has been reduced by £100 and termly passes also offer students savings from last year’s prices.
Alongside these savings, two new bus routes to the Bay Campus have been created and bus timetables carefully planned to ensure students can travel from 6.30am to 11.30pm during weekdays in term time. With a bus every eight minutes there will be no shortage of busses for students getting between campuses and their homes.
The university has also negotiated a late night service with First Cymru which will allow students to catch the bus until 2am Wednesday to Saturday nights for £1.50 or using their bus pass.
For students wishing to cycle between campuses improvements are being made to the cycle route between the Bay and Singleton and excellent bike parking facilities will be available at the Bay Campus. The Bay Cycle scheme will be extended across both campuses for students who don’t have their own cycles or fancy a scenic ride along the sea front.
Jayne Cornelius, Travel Plan Coordinator said “I’m delighted that we’ve managed to get such a good deal for students – cheaper bus passes, longer times of service, more buses, new routes, massive spending on the cycle route, free Bay cycles. It’s going to be great for the University to have two campuses and with this Travel Plan all students are going to have a chance to enjoy all of the great facilities at both sites. ”
In line with the university’s Sustainability Policy and current Singleton Campus guidelines there will not be student parking on campus, however those students who do wish to drive will be able to use the Park and Ride facilities on Fabian Way.
Chris Davidson, Commercial Development Manager of First Cymru said: “First Cymru have spent a lot of time working with Swansea University and other stakeholders to ensure we have planned the most effective network of bus services to get between the two campuses.
“We have invested in new buses for dedicated routes, and this is on top of us providing free on-board wifi across most of our fleet, our new M-Tickets app, and reducing the price of season tickets for Swansea University students and staff. We are really looking forward to September, and hope that students are too.”