We’re making some changes to the Oxfordshire network
from 2nd January 2022
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on travel habits within the county since March 2020. Whilst we have welcomed many of our customers back, we recognise that the return of bus use in Oxford has been slower than we are seeing in many other parts of the country.
As recommended in the government’s National Bus Strategy, Oxfordshire County Council has worked proactively with bus operators to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies through the reduction of unnecessary duplication in the network, with the aim of placing the network on a more secure financial footing while minimising impact on passengers.
Oxfordshire County Council worked closely with Oxford’s main bus providers on the review, which was prompted by lower than usual passenger numbers, a reducing Government funding, and a national shortage of driving staff. It looked at how best to balance the available resources with the areas of greatest need.
The consultation has led to an agreement to change how we operate parts of the network and has allowed Stagecoach to start to make changes to reset our network for the future. In doing so however, this means we will have to say goodbye to some of our customers, which has been a difficult decision to make. Our drivers, some of whom have driven the same routes for most, if not all of their working life at Stagecoach, will also be sad to say goodbye to their regular customers on some of our Stagecoach services.