We are making a number of changes to improve reliability of services in Banbury from 4th September 2011.
Routes B1 and B2
The frequency of these routes will be reduced to every 35 minutes between 0800-0900 and 1500-1600 Monday - Friday to help improve reliability.
Buses on Sundays will run 35 minutes later than at present.
Click here to download the new B1 timetable
Click here to download the new B2 timetable
One less journey will run before 0900 on Saturdays.
Click here to download the new B5 timetable
Buses will be timetabled to leave Sinclair Avenue / Austin Drive 2 minutes earlier than at present.
The 0930 journey on Sundays will now run at 0900.
Click here to download the new B8 timetable
Route 59/59A/59B becomes S4
Routes 59 and 59A will be renumbered S4 on the existing hourly timetable, with minor changes to improve reliability.
The current morning 59B journey will serve Tackley and Shipton on Cherwell turn instead of diverting off to Lower Heyford, Kirtlington, Bletchingdon and Hampton Poyle.
New buses will be introduced to the route at the end of the year, and the route will be added back onto the Oxford real time information system during September.
Click here to download the new S4 timetable
Route GA01/GA02 becomes 200
We are introducing a new route called 200 to replace the Geoff Amos Coaches service following their collapse earlier in August.
New route 200 will run between Banbury and Daventry via Wardington, Byfield, Woodford Halse and Badby. Due to the roadworks on the A361, the service will serve Great Bourton and Cropredy on a diversionary route which will be reviewed on completion of the roadworks at the end of October.
The service will run on an hourly timetable at slightly different times to those operated by Geoff Amos Coaches, and will include an additional morning and evening journey between Woodford Halse and Banbury. We will be keeping a close eye on patronage to see whether any further enhancements can be made in the future.
In order to provide a faster and more direct service, route 200 will not serve the Horton Hospital or Morrisions within Banbury which are already served by routes B1, B2 and S4, and Staverton which is already served by route 65. End to end journeys will be nearly 15% faster, which we hope will make the service more attractive to those considering a day in Banbury or Daventry.
A new range of fares will be available on route 200, introducing discounted return tickets from Banbury and Daventry to Woodford Halse. Single fares will rise so that the return prices will be similar to two Geoff Amos single fares. Child fares will increase from half to two thirds of the adult fare to match our other routes.
Between Banbury and Daventry the Dayrider Gold ticket will allow unlimited travel for £7.00 adult or £5.00 child. Further discounts with Megarider season tickets will also be available, including new Daventry Megarider and Daventry Megarider Plus zones in addition to the Megarider Gold.
New route 12 will run from Daventry to Rugby, starting from Long Buckby Rail Station and running via Braunston, Onley Park and Dunchurch. More information about this is available here.
Click here to download the new 200 timetable
There will be minor changes to the times in Milcombe to improve reliability. A larger bus will run the 0825 arrival in Banbury.
Click here to download the new 488/9 timetable
The Monday-Saturday frequency on this route will be increased to every 20 minutes instead of every 30 minutes, and new buses will be introduced at the end of the year.
Following on from our passenger consultation, the route in Brackley will be altered to include Pavillons Way, Bridgewater Road, Ellesmere Road, High Street and Tesco (stopping on the road outside). Buses will run along this route in both directions to allow local travel within Brackley as well as links to Banbury.
In Brackley buses will no longer serve Banbury Road or Halse Road, however new bus stops will be located within 5 minutes walk of each of the current stops. Additionally, Northamptonshire County Council will be diverting route 499 to serve Banbury Road, and their new Call Connect service will serve the Health Centre on a demand responsive basis.
The new Northamptonshire County Council Call Connect service will also provide connections from the villages in the Brackley area to departures on the 500 to Banbury. Through fares are likely to be available with the Call Connect service providing that a booking has been made. See the Northamptonshire County Council website for more information.
Due to the withdrawal of all funding from Northamptonshire County Council for lightly used services we regret that the first journey Monday - Friday will no longer operate, and the Sunday service will be reduced to shopping hours only.
Click here to download the new 500 timetable