University contract win leads to rebranding for First York services

University contract win leads to rebranding for First York services Ben Gilligan, MD, First in York.

First York has won a five-year contract to operate the University of York bus services from August this year. The newly-named UoY66 high frequency service will run from 2 August between York Railway Station, the city centre and into the University and to York Sport Village via Lakeside Way. 

The contract includes First providing the University’s free shuttle bus Ub1 which will run every 30 minutes using electric vehicles, as well as the late night clubbers’ bus and early morning University to Hospital service. 

First will also provide a new service UoY56 to complement the UoY66, which will serve the University and Kings Manor providing a city centre loop including the shops, the train station and visting all of the main bus hubs before returning to the University. 

These services will be integrated into the First York local bus network.

First buses on the premium UoY66 service will be equipped with wi-fi and the safety device ‘Cycle Alert’. The UoY66 service will provide nine buses per hour Monday to Saturday daytime and every 20 minutes evening and Sundays supported by additional Q-Buster bus services if needed during weekdays. Heslington East transport hub will continue to be linked by bus to Tang Hall on a frequent basis.

First has also announced that students will benefit from a new 20-trip £17 smartcard ticket available on the Yorkey Card.

Ben Gilligan, MD, First in York, says: “We’re delighted to have been chosen to be the University’s official transport partner. 

“First has a great track record of delivering high quality, reliable services and we look forward to working together with the University to further improve the quality of the transport solutions for staff and students.”