Bring back the Lemon Bus for Brighton University students and staff.
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On September 13th, Brighton Students and Staff found out that The Lemon Bus service would no longer be in use by the University, the decision is going to affecting the majority of students those who’s accommodation such as any flat on Varley Park are not within reasonable walking distances of their campuses.
With limited car parking spaces in Brighton, especially around campuses and accommodation areas, the loss of this service will cause a ripple in the education, attendance and finance of most students.
The Lemon Bus is an invaluable tool for making students way around Brighton. Google maps suggest that it'll take over 40 minutes to walk from Varley Park to Moulsecoomb, which for some is indeed doable. However, come winter months when it is dark, cold and often horrid weather, it becomes unsafe for most to commute by foot to and from campus, which cuts into valuable studying time.
Others suggest using public transport, which for a lot is a luxury, rather than an alternative. Maintenance loans sometimes hardly cover most if at all the rent that we pay, the £3 for a day pass could be the difference between a meal for a student or getting to lectures.
The Lemon Bus stands with the general feel of Brighton’s Green standards. Quoting on their website “Our mission is to enable everyone to get around their communities in an affordable, enjoyable, and environmentally-sustainable way.” By ditching this service and even potentially switching to another provider it takes away a fundamental part of being a University of Brighton student, by have the privilege of experiencing the community that is The Big Lemon Bus.
Brighton Student Union issued this statement: https://www.brightonsu.com/news/article/pageassets/BSU-Statement-on-the-Big-Lemon-Bus/
Add your comments to the SU group which will be taken to the University: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1811715712191778/?multi_permalinks=1811729568857059¬if_t=group_activity¬if_id=1505411019075006
An email has been sent to local MP Caroline Lucas regarding the issue and asking for her support on the matter.
Please join us to ensure the future of the partnership between Brighton University and The Big Lemon.
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