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Oxford Bus Company and Low Carbon Hub

We’re proud to be working with Low Carbon Hub to bring benefits to both the environment and the community. Find out more about their great work at http://lowcarbonhub.org


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We’re opening our doors for the Oxfordshire Business Festival!

logob As part of the Oxfordshire Business Festival taking place from 30th June to 8th July, we’ll be opening our doors and taking you behind the scenes of a modern bus company to see how we move 20 million passengers annually whilst operating in a commercially and environmentally sustainable manner.

Over half of all journeys to Oxford City Centre are made by bus, so the service we deliver is crucial to both the city’s economy and the quality of life of the residents of Oxfordshire. In addition to this, our extensive programme of community involvement ensures that we give back to the people and places we serve.

At Oxford Bus Company we’re always innovating to deliver a better product, but this process is as much about our people as it is about hardware and software. The open day will give you the chance to see first-hand how we do this, as well as the wide variety of skills required to meet the market’s ever-changing needs.

Spaces are strictly limited, so reserve your place now by clicking this link: Book Now!

Below is a preview of just some of what you can expect to see on the day.

This is an Oxford Bus Company Mercedes Citaro on hydraulic lifting equipment. The above photo might look an odd sight to some, especially as the un-laden weight is just over 11,100kg (11 tons).1

Here we have a Volvo Eclipse Gemini 2 hybrid electric bus on hydraulic lifting equipment. The un-laden weight of this bus is over 12,500kg (12.5 tons).2

Here’s the engine bay of a Volvo B11 RT coach in for routine maintenance. These vehicles cover enormous mileage yet still remain reliable.3

At the moment pictured, the controller is monitoring the activities of 163 Oxford Bus Company buses & coaches, as well as a further 12 ancillary vehicles. Each vehicle is fitted with GPS transponders and telematics recorders, enabling us to monitor location, speed, fuel consumption and many other metrics in real time.4

In addition to the obvious mechanical needs of our huge fleet, keeping our vehicles clean is an enormous task! Our bus wash performs superbly, virtually all night, every night.7



We are fortunate enough to have a very large south-east facing roof, which gives us the opportunity to harvest the earth’s ‘original’ energy source – the Sun. 540 photovoltaic cells absorb solar energy which is then converted into AC by a series of inverters.p1030597


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Sandy Lane Farm is a great day out!

On Sunday 14th June, we showed our support for the great work done by Low Carbon Oxford by providing a free bus service to the family-run Sandy Lane Farm near Wheatley. Good Food Oxford had managed to negotiate a free tour with farmer Charles Bennett, who was able to share the knowledge he has built up over a lifetime to teach us all more about how our food is produced.

Of all the visitors on the day, 90% didn’t have cars and wouldn’t have been able to get to the farm any other way. We highly recommend you check out the farm if you get the opportunity! It sounds like the visitors do too… here are some of their comments:

“I never would have been able to come on this tour as I don’t have a car. It’s great to get out into the countryside. There’s so much variety on the farm, you’d think you were in three or four different parts of the country from field to field. They obviously care a lot about their farm and are real experts.”

“So kind of Oxford Bus Company to do this. They’re always so great – not because it’s a marketing thing but because they really want to help.”

Thanks so much to Sandy Lane Farm for offering the free tour and to Low Carbon Oxford for organising this excellent week. It’s certainly got us all thinking about how our food choices can help us reduce our impact on the environment.

Here are some tweets from the day.



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It’s Low Carbon Oxford Week!

LCO week

Low Carbon Oxford Week is a city-wide summer festival which uses culture, creativity and community to inspire local people to take action against climate change. We’re proud to be supporting this worthy initiative, by offering a free bus to Sandy Lane Farm, as well as competitions and giveaways throughout the week.

There’ll be pop up events across the city, including exhibitions, treasure hunts, competitions, walks and more. There is something for all ages, so take a look at what’s happening by visiting lcoweek.org.

What better way to get to the events than by using one of the greenest forms of travel available – the bus!

Here’s an introduction from Jenny Carr, organiser of Low Carbon Oxford Week.

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city4 is purple!


city4 is now joining its brand new family of freshly coloured Oxford Bus Company vehicles. The buses will run in peak times, enabling city4 services to become more recognisable within our well-known ‘city’ brand.

There’s no need to worry – the great service will continue to run as normal.

Exciting new changes are also being made to the city5 look, so keep up to date by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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city6 makeover

HERO-city6_Branding_Changes_v2_Feb2015Starting this month, we will be giving our city6 a fresh new look. Our new lime-green buses will connect Oxford and Wolvercote in the most peak times, making the services much easier to identify within our ‘city’ brand.

This will begin a phase of significant changes planned for 2015, with city4 and city 5 also awaiting their new distinguished looks.

These changes however will NOT affect our great service, and city6 will continue to serve passengers up to every 10 minutes!

Beautiful South Awards Presentation

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Oxford Bus Company Success at The Beautiful South Awards

We are delighted to announce that Oxford Bus Company has been awarded a coveted Gold in the ‘Access for All category at the Beautiful South Awards 2014.

Held at the iconic Grand Brighton Hotel on 4th December 2014, the presentation evening celebrated the elite visitor experiences across the South and South East of England and recognised their outstanding contribution to the tourism industry.

Oxford Bus Company has invested heavily in its fleet to ensure travelling on our services is easier for everyone. Over the last few years, we have introduced easy access buses across the whole fleet. We have made changes to the interior layout of all vehicles to try and accommodate as many different customers’ needs as possible and every driver has taken part in the Oxfordshire County Council approved Disability Awareness Training.

This recognised by the judges at the Beautiful South Awards 2014 as they awarded Oxford Bus the top prize in the Access for All category.