News release

From PMU Communications

21 September 2010

Investing in your experience - uni-link interchange opens for business

new uni-link transport interchange

The redeveloped uni-link transport interchange at the University’s Highfield campus opens for business today (21 September). As a major transport hub for the city, the £1.5 million project was jointly funded by the University, from its Student Centredness budget, in partnership with Southampton City Council and Go South Coast. The project demonstrates the University's commitment to deliver sustainable travel solutions for the city.

The redevelopment has been delivered with minimum disruption to an extremely tight deadline, with work being squeezed into a five-month period over the summer. The new interchange has space for three buses, real-time information, a well-lit covered waiting area, a refreshment kiosk, and welfare facilities for the uni-link drivers. One uni-link bus will arrive at the interchange every four minutes during the day, and the interchange will continue to serve as a stop for National Express coaches travelling to Heathrow and London.

Professor Debra Humphris, the University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, says: “I am delighted that we can open this tremendous development which has been a powerful example of collaborative working and funding between the University, the City Council and Go South Coast. The new interchange will provide a much safer and attractive experience for our staff and students, as well as local residents who use the uni-link service, and will allow us to develop the service for the future as a key part of our travel plan.”

Councillor Matthew Dean, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport for Southampton City Council adds: “At this pressing time for the public finances, the Council remains committed to funding transport projects such as the uni-link transport interchange working with funding partners like the University of Southampton.”

Paul Weller, uni-link Operations Manager, says: “We're really pleased with the new interchange which will help us continue to deliver a quality service.”

There are still some finishing touches to be made to the interchange which include the  installation of general street furniture and wind breaks, the completion of some paving works around the new building, and final elements of the landscaping. These will take about two weeks to complete and will commence on 18th October. 2010.

The final phase of the redevelopment will reinstate two car parks, one for staff and one for pre-booked parking, together with landscaping of the area. This work is already underway and will require the temporary closure of the public footway along University Road (adjacent to Nightingale Building). Once completed, the pre-booked car park will replace the old Visitor’s Car Park; until it is opened, pre-booked visitor parking will be located in the Pay-and-Display car park, accessed from University Road.