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Bus Operators Review Services to Adapt to Passenger Demand Amid Covid-19 Crisis

Bus Operators Review Services to Adapt to Passenger Demand Amid Covid-19 Crisis

Last updated: 04/05/2020

We are continuing to analyse our services and we further adjusted timetables on several routes from Sunday 29th March to match supply to the current demand and preserve the longevity of the Company. This means that we are providing a base-level service on most of our routes, allowing key workers and those who need to make essential journeys (such as to access essential supplies) to continue travelling.

The times of the first and last bus journeys operate to normal Monday-Friday timetables.

The exception to this are our park&ride300 and park&ride500 services, which, unfortunately, are suspended until further notice. A park&ride bus service is still available from Seacourt and Thornhill Park&Ride sites. Redbridge and Oxford Parkway Park&Ride sites continue to be open, however, they are not served by park&ride services. Passengers wishing to use these sites are able to catch the cityX13 and X2 services from Redbridge and city2 service from Oxford Parkway as alternatives.

Pear Tree Park& Ride closed from Monday 30th March.

If key workers believe that our reduced timetables don't meet their needs, we are encouraging them to contact us with the details of the journey they are trying to make, and we will do our best to help. Further details are available below.

Oxford Bus Co, including Thames Travel, have been requested by the Department for Transport to start increasing service levels from Tuesday 26th May back to as near 100% as possible. It is anticipated that they will be receiving additional government support. Although details are yet to be confirmed, it is expected to be for a period of three months up to the end of August. I’ll keep you informed as to what happens after the end of August.

This is because DfT are advising that they should look to maintain social distancing on vehicles as much as possible, and therefore the bus capacities are likely to be artificially limited. For this reason more buses will be run on routes than would normally be necessary for the level of people that will be using them in order to avoid serious overloading issues and people being left behind.

Therefore, to support this Oxford Bus Co. are looking to ramp up the Science Transit Shuttle (ST1/ST1A) services and other local routes to the Campus, back to the normal timetables from 26th May 2020. 

Further details can be found by clicking the links below.