25 Jul 2016
The new service will complement the existing 3 service that connects Rose Hill with Oxford City.
Running every 30 minutes throughout the day Monday - Saturday, residents of Littlemore and Sandford-on-Thames will have a direct connection to Oxford City centre, as well as easy connections onto other destinations such as Cowley Centre and city's hospitals.
The 3A falls within Oxford SmartZone, meaning that return and day tickets are accepted on both Stagecoach and Oxford Bus Company services, as well as SmartZone season tickets. This means passengers can hop on the first bus that comes along.
Oxford Bus Company Managing Director Phil Southall said "It's fantastic news for Oxford that we have been able to work together with Stagecoach to provide an alternative in the face of deep cuts to subsidised bus services. We will initially run 3A on a trial basis,with the intention of developing it into a viable commercial service. We would urge everyone who can make use of it to do so."
Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Managing Director Martin Sutton said "The new service 3A complements the established service 3 along the Iffley Road and is another example of the effective partnership working between the Councils and the bus companies. We are delighted to be able to introduce this new service and are hopeful that it will be well supported."
Shannon Blaszko, manager, Magdalen Centre, The Oxford Science Park said: "We welcome the arrival of he 3A bus service. The new 30 minute frequency from the City centre to the Park will hugely benefit people working on the Park and those visiting."