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Christmas shopping made easy with park&ride

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The frequency of the park&ride 300 will be increased this month to help you with your Christmas shopping!

The service will run to a 9-minute frequency from Pear Tree and Redbridge Park and Ride between 10:30 and 16:30. An off-peak return is just £2.40.

This frequency change comes into effect on Sunday 23rd November and lasts until Sunday December 21st.

More details on the service can be viewed on the park&ride site.


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Free Wi-Fi on buses announced as Oxford gets Super Connected!

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We are pleased to announce that Wi-Fi will be added to virtually all of our city buses by the end of November. The improvements will be made as part of Oxford City Council’s ‘Super Connected Oxford’ initiative.

We’ve already fitted Wi-Fi to over half of our fleet but we are delighted that, by working with Super Connected Oxford, we are able to extend Wi-Fi to all our buses and coaches. Oxford Bus Company has been at the heart of Oxford for over 130 years so it ‘s exciting to be making a significant investment in the future of our city.

Super Connected Oxford will also make available a wireless concession in the streets of the city and Wi-Fi Hotspots in free to enter public buildings by April next year. Residents and visitors to the city can expect to enjoy free Wi-Fi in all City Council community centres, libraries and museums such as Ashmolean Museum and Museum of Natural History.

Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey, says: “I think it’s fantastic that by the end of November, all the buses in Oxford will have free public Wi-Fi.

“We are investing up to £5m in making Oxford one of the UK ‘Super Connected Cities’. This latest development is all part of Government’s transformation of the digital landscape of Oxford, making it a great place to live, visit and do business.”


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Getting to Oxford’s South Park Fireworks Display

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Oxford’s Round Table Firework Display takes place on Saturday 8th November at South Park, Headington. The gates open at 1630, with the fireworks starting at 1845.

The area around South Park will be very busy before and after the event and it is recommended you use the bus to get to South Park. Oxford Bus Company operates a number of services that can get you to and from the display safely.

Bus Stop Closures: Please note that city4 services will be unable to serve bus stops on Morrell Avenue or Warneford Lane as they will be closed from 17:00 and 21:00.

Getting to Oxford’s South Park Fireworks Display: 

From Oxford Park & Ride sites

If you are travelling to the event from outside Oxford, Park & Ride is the easiest and most convenient way to get to South Park. Our 400 service from Thornhill (OX3 8DP) and Seacourt (OX2 0HP) Park & Ride sites and will drop you off outside South Park.

Our cityX13 service from Redbridge Park & Ride (OX1 4XG) operates through the city and will also drop you off at the event.

Visit the park&ride website for timetable and fares.

From Oxford Rail Station

If you are travelling in to Oxford using the train, we operate services from Oxford Rail Station that will drop you off outside South Park. Use the city13 from the station forecourt.

From Abingdon

cityX13 services from Abingdon Town Centre operate through the city, dropping off and picking up from outside South Park.

From Barton and Risinghurst

city8/9 services operate frequently from Barton and Risinghurst and drop off outside South Park.

From Blackbird Leys and Cowley

city5 services operate regularly from Blackbird Leys and Cowley. Get off the bus at the James Street stop (near Tesco) and walk through Union Street to South Park (3 minute walk).

From Botley, Cumnor and Wootton

city4 services operate from Botley, Cumnor and Wootton, through the city to drop you off outside South Park.

From Kennington and Radley

city35 services from Kennington and Radley operate in to Oxford City Centre, allowing you to connect with city13/X13 buses (from St Aldates).

From Kidlington and Summertown

If you are travelling from Kidlington and Summertown, you can use our city2 services in to Oxford City Centre and connect with city13/X13 buses (from St Aldates and Queens Lane).

Our cityzone day ticket costs just £4, offering great value for connecting passengers.

From Rose Hill 

city3 services operate regularly from Rose Hill. Get off the bus at the James Street stop (Outside Iffley Road running tracking) and walk through James Street and Union Street to South Park (8 minute walk).

From Wheatley

BROOKESbus U1 services from Wheatley drop off and pick up outside South Park.
From Wolvercote and Woodstock Road

From Wolvercote and Woodstock Road

city6 services operate from Wolvercote and Woodstock Road to Oxford City Centre, allowing you to connect with thecity13/X13 service (from St Aldates and Queens Lane).

Our cityzone day ticket costs just £4, offering great value for connecting passengers.


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Halloween’s coming!

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Halloween is lurking just around the corner so we’ve put together a list of frightfully fun events that are taking place in Oxford around the 31st of October.

Remember, you can travel to all of the events listed using our city services.


1) Ghost Story reading by Darryl Jones – Blackwells Bookshop

Head to Blackwell’s Bookshop for an evening of classic ghost stories read by Darryl Jones. Make sure you come in Halloween fancy dress as there are prizes for the scariest/best dressed!

31st October from 7pm. Tickets are £3.

Blackwell’s Oxford, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ

Which service? Blackwells is a short walk from most bus stops in Oxford City Centre.

2) Spooky Art and Monster Tales and Halloween Dressing up Competition – Barefoot Books

Put your best Halloween costume on and head to Barefoot Books for art workshops and spooky story telling! There are prizes for best outfits!

31st October from 11-12pm. £8 per child including book/ £5 craft only

Barefoot Books Studio, 294 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7ED

Which service? Take the city2 into Summertown.

3) Trick or Treating – Oxford Castle Unlocked

Explore Oxford’s Castle prison, trick or treating along the spooky prison wing with Oxford Castle Unlocked.

Saturday 25th, Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November from 6pm – 8.30pm. £5 entry.

Oxford Castle Unlocked, 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY.

Which service? Oxford Castle is a short walk from most bus stops in Oxford City Centre. However the following services run to New Road or Castle Street, which is just outside – city 3, 3B, 4, 5, 13,  park&ride 300, 400 and BROOKESbus U1.

4) Science Saturday – Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Investigate real natural history specimens with University of Oxford scientists. Make sure you keep an eye out for prehistoric beasties and shrunken heads at the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Every Saturday between 2pm – 4pm.  This event is free

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW, 10am – 5pm daily.

Which service? The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is a short walk from most bus stops in Oxford City Centre. However the closest weekend services run through Banbury Road (city2) and Woodstock Road (park&ride 300 and city6).


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Oxford Bus Company Student Day!

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We are holding our first ever OBC Student Day at the High Street Travel Shop on Wednesday 24th September.

There will be competitions, some great offers on travel and loads of giveaways for students in-store!

Students from both Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University are welcome. The event is taking place from 10am until 4pm – we hope you can make it!

A Facebook event has been created, so click ‘attend’ to make sure you get all the details.


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Introducing city600 – Your new hospital and science area connection


On Monday 29th September, we will be introducing a brand new service – the city600. The 600 service will connect Pear Tree Park & Ride with Oxford University Science Area and the John Radcliffe Hospital every 30 minutes Monday to Friday. The new route will be part of our Heartbeat brand, alongside our other hospital services including city13 and cityX13. Passengers using the key can use the 600 service with any park&ride route, cityzone or SmartZone product. More information can be viewed on the city website.


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It’s the New BROOKESbus!

The first of the 14 brand new buses for the BROOKESbus network are being delivered, and were presented to senior Oxford Brookes University directors and the media on Tuesday the 2nd September 2014, by Operations Director Phil Southall.

The buses are the very first of a new design by Alexander Dennis (who built the bodies for the 200-series Scanias). They are the first “Euro 6” buses for service in Oxford, and also the first roll-out of the Gyrodrive hybrid power system. All of this means that the power used and the exhaust emissions are as good as the electric hybrids in the fleet (both types in the 300 series) but the add-on cost is much lower.

The buses themselves are in the bright, eye-catching livery designed by the university, and the interiors too were specified as part of the contract. They will certainly be noticed on the streets of Oxford!

Gyrodrive – What is it and what does it do?

This innovative system was actually developed in Oxfordshire by the Williams Formula 1 team. It is a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). When the bus brakes, normally the energy is lost as heat; this system “harvests” that energy and stores it in a flywheel, which runs at up to 36,000 rpm. When the driver accelerates, the system works in reverse, feeding energy into the traction motor. All of this reduces the work done by the engine, and fuel use is reduced by up to 25%. Simple!

For more information on the BROOKESbus please visit our website.