Changes to bus services following government Coronavirus measures

20 Mar 2020

  • Measures reflect reduced travel and keeping key workers communities connected
  • Temporary reduced service to operate from 23rd March 2020
  • Changes follow new government advice on social contact and non-essential travel
  • Stagecoach support for national effort to help tackle challenging situation
  • Safety and well-being of customers and bus employees remains top priority

    Temporary changes to bus services in Oxfordshire are being introduced by Stagecoach from Monday 23rd March 2020 following new government advice around social contact and non-essential travel to help combat the coronavirus.

    A reduced timetable will operate across the region until further notice. The timetables have been carefully created to ensure that critical routes are maintained wherever possible.

    It follows extensive action by bus operators to enhance cleaning regimes and protect the safety and well-being of customers and bus workers.

    Separately, the bus and coach industry is also engaging with government to help ensure the long-term future of bus services, which are critical to the economy and local communities, is protected.

    Chris Coleman, Managing Director at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, said: “Along with other bus operators and key sectors, we are working hard to support the national effort to tackle the current challenging situation.

    "The safety of our customers and our employees is at the heart of everything we do. We also know that bus services play a vital role in keeping the country running and ensuring key sector personnel get to work.

    “Following the latest government advice, we have reviewed our timetables and made temporary changes which reflect the reduced level of travel. Our objective has been to focus resources on where we know they are needed most at this time.

    “We are working hard to best maintain essential services, safeguard jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of a sector which is central to our economy and communities.

    “We will continue to monitor the position, liaise closely with government and other authorities, and respond as appropriate to what is a dynamic situation.”

    The majority of timetables will be running to a Sunday timetable with additional early morning journeys.

    A full timetable with no reductions will continue to run on the 700, 800, 900, S7 and 14/14a to maintain frequent connections to the hospitals. Information regarding Oxford Tube services will be announced shortly.

    Since the impact of the coronavirus in the UK, Stagecoach has implemented additional hygiene measures to protect passengers, frontline bus workers and office-based staff.

    In addition to well-established and rigorous cleaning regimes, there has been more frequent cleaning of main customer touch-points on buses, such as hand poles and grab rails.

    Customer services will be open for enquiries from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm weekends. Any changes to this will be published on our website and through social media.

    Customers can stay up to date with all the latest news from Stagecoach on Twitter @Stagecoach Ox or by signing up to their email mailing 

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