Uno bus – the University bus that everyone can use

Getting around Northampton or between university sites couldn’t be easier, we operate our own bus service – Uno- within the town which links you with the main travel hubs of Northampton and University facilities – and we’ve expanded these bus routes ready for Waterside to cover our new home and the surrounding areas, not forgetting our off-campus accommodation.

From 5th August 2018 the new routes to Waterside and across the town will commence. Uno bus fares will be subsidised Monday – Friday, so any journey within the inner town will cost just 50p and anything outside of this will be £1.

The intercampus bus between Waterside and Avenue will be free to all students Monday – Friday.

Bus routes:

The new Uno bus routes commence on Sunday 5th August, the new timetables for the: 18 , 19, 20 & 21 can be downloaded from the useful info section.

Route: Park and Ride – Rail Station – town centre (Gold St) – Waterside – town centre (Derngate Stage Dr) – Rail Station – Park and Ride. (Limited stop circular route).

Service Days First Bus (outbound) Last Bus (inbound) Frequency (peak time) Cost (single)
18 (TBC)

M – F

Sat

Sun & PH

05:40

05:40

05:40

22:00

22:00

22:00

10 minutes

15 minutes

30 minutes

£0.50

£0.50

£0.50

Boughton Green Rd Halls – Barrack Rd – Waterside.

Service Days First Bus (outbound) Last Bus (outbound) Frequency (peak time) Cost (single)
19

M – F

Sat

Sun & PH

05:26

05:26

09:30

00:10

00:10

23:20

12 minutes

15 minutes

30 minutes

 *see below

Full fare

Full fare

* Free to BGR halls residents /£1 from BGR / £0.50 from Barrack Rd

Waterside – Sol Central – Avenue – Abington Square – Waterside (Limited stop circular route).

Service Days First Bus (outbound) Last Bus (outbound) Frequency (peak time) Cost (single)
20

M – F

(no weekend service)

07:20 22:11 30 minutes FREE to all University staff and students at any stop (valid ID card required)

Blackthorn – Weston Favell – town centre.

Service Days First Bus (outbound) Last Bus (outbound) Frequency (peak time) Cost (single)
21

M – F

Sat only

05:48

06:48

19:45

19:45

15 minutes

20 minutes

*see below

Full Fare

*£1 from Blackthorn / £0.50 from inner Kettering Rd (opp Racecourse)

Ready for the move we’ll have launched a new fleet of buses that all offer free Wi-Fi and USB charging points so you can stay online while on the move. Plus, our bus stops will have real time info so you can see when your next bus is coming.

Payment:

Uno buses accept:

  • Cash on board
  • Contactless up to £30.00 on board
  • Uno mobile app – available from Google Play and Apple Store – prepaid.
  • Passengers can also purchase Uno 1 day, 1 week and 1-month bus travel tickets, and an Uno Group Day ticket online or from the driver.

Northampton Buzz Card and PlusBus tickets are also accepted. Further information about bus timetables and maps for services operating in Northampton can be found on the Northamptonshire County Council website.

The new proposed Uno Bus routes can be seen on the Intercampus Map. Please also take the time to read the University’s Conditions of Travel.

Other bus services

For other bus routes travelling locally to the University campuses, please download the Northampton bus route map, the map shows all routes across the town, and there is also a Northamptonshire county map here. The details are summarised in this document but the maps contain more detailed information, including buses that run once or twice a day only.

Rail Services

Travel to/from Northampton rail station

Coming by train? No problem! Northampton station is only one mile – a 15-minute walk/10-minute cycle ride – to our new campus and St John’s Halls. Better still the Innovation Centre is just opposite.

Avenue is 1.5 miles away and Boughton Green Road Halls are just over 3 miles away.

All our sites link to the station on the new Uno Buses from August 2018. You can travel between:

18 – Waterside – Rail Station – Monday – Sunday

19 – Boughton Green Road Halls – Barrack Rd (Avenue) – town centre (Rail Station 5 -10 minute walk) – Monday – Sunday

20 – Waterside – Sol Central (Rail Station 2 minutes) – Avenue – Monday – Friday (free intercampus bus).

You can travel from Waterside and Avenue to Sol Central (a 2-minute walk to the rail station) for free Monday – Friday on the 20 service, or the park-and-ride bus (18) will take you from Waterside – Rail Station Monday – Sunday.

From Avenue on the weekends, students can take the 19 either to the town centre (5- 10 minute walk to the rail station) or Waterside. From Waterside students can change to the park-and-ride bus (18) to go direct to the rail station.

Rail Links and fares

Northampton station has excellent links to large local cities such as Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London, it is just an hour ride from Euston or Birmingham New Street giving easy access to transfers to most major cities.

Additionally, Wellingborough station (approx. 12 miles away) has direct links to: Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Sheffield. Stagecoach run the X46 and X4 to Wellingborough and beyond from Northampton.

16-25 Railcard

16-25 Railcard costs £30 and it’ll save you 1/3 on rail fares throughout Great Britain for a whole year, including all Standard and First Class Advance fares.

You are eligible if you’re aged between 16-25, or over the age of 26 and in full-time education. Please see the 16-25 Railcard website for the full eligibility criteria.

You can use your Railcard anytime on weekends, public holidays and during the week. The only restriction is that if you travel between 04:30 and 09:59 Monday to Friday (except during July and August) a minimum fare of £12 will apply.

Now you can also buy a three-year 16-25 Railcard, available only online. It’s great value at £70, saving you an extra £20 on the cost of renewing your one-year Railcard for three consecutive years. You can buy this three-year Railcard up until the day before your 24th birthday.

Please visit the 16-25 Railcard website for more information.

Additionally, National Rail offer a group save ticket, where groups of three to nine adults can get 1/3 off Off-Peak tickets when travelling together. The group must travel together at all times. No further discounts (using Railcards, for example) can be used at the same time.