Not only are the buses in Keele an unreliable, terrible service, they’re also extortionately expensive. It makes no sense and it’s frustrating when there are no alternatives. Because we have no other option, First can charge high prices for a substandard service.
I don’t know if this is viable, it’s probably been suggested before. But a University/Union run bus service that doesn’t run for profit (but does charge) would dramatically alter the infuriating experience of students living off campus.
Even if it just ran temporarily to provide a competitor to First, allow us to boycott them for a few years, and drive their prices down. Or more realistically, a permanent University bus service.
There would be enormous support among the students for this. Campaigns or fundraisers would be very popular. Fairly sure a cake sale with a banner saying #WarOnFirst would make double the profits of a normal cake sale.
Because I don’t know about anybody else, but having to blow literally half of my first student loan on a bus pass because it’s the only way to get to Uni is devastating. And having to be at the bus stop an hour in advance because it’s impossible to know whether the next bus is in 5 minutes or 30 minutes is just as aggravating.