Unilink was celebrating yesterday, after welcoming its 40 millionth passenger since 2008 - when Go South Coast bus operator Bluestar began running our service on behalf of the University of Southampton.
Originally created to transport the university’s staff and students between teaching sites and halls of residence, now Unilink’s services are used by people from all walks of life.
“This is a real milestone for us - and demonstrates Unilink’s growing popularity here in the city,” said Managing Director Andrew Wickham.
“Our transport is among the most advanced in the city - with contactless ticketing, smart card options, on-board WiFi and USB chargers - making travel both convenient and affordable.
“I’m delighted to be celebrating this achievement. It is testament to our excellent team - both at Bluestar and at the University of Southampton - that so many people across the city are choosing to travel with us again and again. I look forward to many more customers enjoying our bus services over the coming months and years.”
Adam Tewkesbury, Transport Manager at the University of Southampton, added: “Unilink services are really well used by our staff and students, but it has been particularly encouraging to see the increasing number of non-University passengers using our buses. Hitting such an impressive milestone shows just how popular Unilink has become, and we will work with Go South Coast to keep this momentum going.”
Unilink’s 40 millionth passenger is April Large (22) who is studying Nursing at the University of Southampton. She received £50 worth of vouchers and a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the milestone: “I can’t believe it,” she said. “I travel with Unilink all the time. It’s a perfect link between home and the University, and I’m absolutely delighted to be the 40 millionth customer.”