The chances of a Lenton Hopper Bus Service – seemingly a perennial objective of the Union – look slim after current Students’ Union President Rob Greenhalgh admitted the likelihood of such a service was “very low”.
Speaking at a much publicised SU Executive Question Time, the President stated that a review concerning the feasibility of such a service had taken place; however, the funding for such a service is not available. Instead the possibility of a low-fare, not for profit bus service was raised, which would run solely for the use of students.
A similar issue with buses and capacity was also raised regarding the Sutton Bonington service, and it was admitted that only one bus driver operates on this route, causing an inevitably unpredictable service. As the service is sub-contracted, there is no immediate solution to this issue, though talks with the company which operates this service were promised.
While Democracy and Communications Officer Dave Hind had professed to be “really happy” with the turnout at the event, it was felt that numbers for the high profile occasion could have been better. Only around thirty students were present, although URN also provided some coverage. With student apathy a significant issue facing the Union today, it could prove to be a pertinent topic in the Union Elections.