All aboard the new Violet buses!

Date 17.10.2017

A fleet of brand new, ultra-modern double-decker buses will soon be seen in and around Northampton with the launch of the new Violet route this week.

Uno Buses, along with the University of Northampton, have invested £1.5 million in eight state-of-the-art environmentally friendly buses. Each bus will offer the very best in on board comfort and features, including free super-fast Wi-Fi and USB charging points.

The Violet buses will operate on the 19 route and will run up to every 12 minutes serving both University campuses, Kingsthorpe, the town centre, the train station and Sixfields.

Jim Thorpe, Managing Director of Uno Buses, said: “We’ve spent a lot of time designing the very best interiors for our customers. They’re light and airy and should really enhance the overall journey experience.

“We’re so proud to serve the University and the town of Northampton, all the interiors commemorate the town’s roots in shoemaking too. We’ve got lots of plans for our bus services, and we’re all really excited about Violet; the new buses will go into service on the 19 October.”

Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton, commented: “As part of the University of Northampton’s commitment to providing more sustainable travel options, we are delighted to invest in the new fleet of Uno buses, which provides our students with the best on-board features and ensures a better travel experience around the town.

“Not only is the venture keeping entirely with the social enterprise mission of the University, but all the profits are re-invested back into the University, which hugely benefits the students.”

SOCIETAL Travel CIC has a key role in the UNO Violet Route, managing the Transport Hubs including the Sixfields location. SOCIETAL delivers a unique transport commissioning model- operating across a range of partners to pool resources and meet demand collectively rather than in isolation in order that sustainable solutions become affordable.

SOCIETAL is a Social Enterprise, created by its founding partners- the University of Northampton and Northamptonshire County Council- to tackle transportation challenges by analysing travel data and applying transformative innovative solutions. SOCIETAL will deliver social benefits- tackling transport poverty, enhancing well-being with clean air / reduced congestion and healthy transport options, and improving access- generating employment opportunities.

For more information about Uno bus please visit