The contract award was made following a highly competitive tender process, during which First was able to satisfy the University that it was the best operator to fit its needs, and to be its official public transport partner.
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 UoY66 service will provide 9 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.
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But the University expansion is only part of the First York bus story. The rest is not so (white) rosy.
To start, we will be using lots of spare buses to cover this route from 26 July. This means there may be a mix of different types of buses for a few weeks!
The route will remain the same and we will be running to the current timetable (with the service still called route 90) This will be added to our timetables page soon.
We will also be keeping the fares at their current level and will be honouring existing period tickets until the end of August. Any customer with a season ticket that runs after August 28 can apply for a refund from First Group from Tuesday, August 4.
So, for the initial period, not much will change - only the buses and some (but not all) of the drivers as some of the existing driving staff from First Group will transfer to Reading Buses.
31 August onwards
These buses will also have an exciting new livery and name; but that is top secret for now (although have fun guessing)!
There will also be some timetable changes, but the route will stay the same.
More information will be available closer to the launch date - but we hope you enjoy using route 90 with us in the meantime.