Oxon4Buses

Welcome to the Oxon4Buses website.

What is Oxon4Buses?

Oxon4Buses (O4B) is an informal association of users of bus services in Oxfordshire.  Our members are representatives of a wide variety of groups in the County and City, including parish representatives, who all have an interest in improving and promoting bus services. We aim to represent a wide range of views from people who do or might use buses.

Our main aim is to increase bus usage throughout the County. 

Oxon4Buses are now one year old and are celebrating by launching our manifesto: these are the main principles that we believe should frame decision-making on bus services within Oxfordshire. We want to see more people being able to appreciate the comfort and safety of travelling by bus, whilst at the same time doing something good for both the environment and their lifestyles. You can read the Oxon4Buses Manifesto here.

Find out more about Oxon4Buses, including our work with the county council and bus companies, here.

Oxon4Buses report on Park & Ride sites 

O4B recently carried out a review of the five Park and Ride sites that serve Oxford, from the perspective of bus users. The review was requested by one of the Working Groups of the Enhanced Partnership in Oxfordshire (which brings together the bus companies and the County Council to work on improving bus services). O4B’s report was submitted to, and welcomed by, the Working Group on 2 June 2023, and has since been sent on to relevant officials at the City and County Councils. You can download the report here.

Tell us your views

O4B would be delighted to hear from you about the major policy issues you believe are important, and that we should be focusing on, in order to improve the experience of bus users.  We are particularly keen to hear about proposals that would encourage those who are currently car-dependent to try their local bus.

While our initial emphasis is on providing constructive input to the County Council and bus companies Enhanced Partnership working groups, we anticipate that other issues will emerge as we focus on improving the experience of bus users. We have become members of the Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel (CoHSAT Oxfordshire) and look forward to working with them on the interactions between the various active travel modes – cycling, wheeling, walking and buses – at, for instance, the planned mobility hubs.

Please contact us at: info@oxon4buses.org.uk  We look forward to hearing from you.

Oxford’s bus services – Oxon4Buses wants to hear from you!

Do you feel bus services to Oxford’s hospitals work for you? Do you ever use the bus for hospital trips? What would make you use the bus more? Oxon4Buses would love to hear from you. We are concerned that there is still too much emphasis on getting there by car and not enough focus on the needs of patients, visitors and staff using alternative modes, particularly the bus. There are some excellent bus services, but they are not, somehow, appealing to people sufficiently. As a result, there are still enormous problems particularly with parking at the JR, the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and the Churchill.

There are some developments planned that may create extra challenges but also opportunities, including additional construction at the JR which will involve building over some of the car park; and major new buildings at the Warneford, which will increase the number of patients and researchers to visit the site.

What would make using the bus more attractive for you? Or are you happy with the present bus provision and access? Please let us know by writing to info@oxon4buses.org.uk.

News and useful information

New buses services to be launched in April

Oxon4buses is delighted to report that, following Oxfordshire County Council’s allocation of £1.2 million for rural public and community transport, further new buses will be launched on 15 April 2024 to connect more villages to market towns and Oxford. For details, click here

Faringdon special bus service

Faringdon town council is sponsoring a Tourist Bus on Saturdays. See here for details.

£2 bus fare now extended to December 2024

The Government has announced a continuation of the £2 bus fare to 31 December 2024.

Accessing hospitals by bus

Oxford Bus Company’s helpful webpage sets out which buses go to which hospital. Stagecoach explain theirs here. County Council officers have worked with staff at the Churchill Hospital to move a fine bus shelter to this bus stop in Roosevelt Drive. It is near the hospital’s main entrance, and very near the entrance to the cancer and haematology centre. You can check here when your bus is coming.

Visit Harcourt Arboretum by bus

You can get to Harcourt Arboretum on bus X40 from Oxford (via Iffley Road) or Wallingford; or bus 45 from Cowley, Littlemore, Berinsfield or Abingdon. The stops for the Arboretum are called Baldon Lane. 

Visit Cogges Manor Farm by bus

Cogges Manor Farm is easily reached by bus from Oxford, Carterton, Woodstock, and Abingdon. See here for opening dates and times. Use the Oxford Bus Company’s journey planner (which also knows about Stagecoach buses). It is a short and pleasant walk to Cogges along Church Lane from Newland, alighting either at the stop called St Georges Field (just past Church Lane, heading into Witney), or the stop immediately opposite Church Lane (heading away from Witney). Alternatively, it is about 10 minutes walk from Witney Market Square.

Roger French’s blog

Roger French had a notably successful career managing buses in Brighton and Hove. He now writes a ‘blog’, several times a week, about journeys by bus (and sometimes train). His recent posts about services in Oxfordshire include the following:

Oxfordshire’s new bus route bonanza

A review of the X34 from Didcot to Newbury

Harwell’s autonomous bus

The revived buses serving Bletchingdon and the Heyfords

The astonishing route 46 from Oxford to Great Milton

First & Last Mile services around Eynsham

Is this the perfect rural bus stop? It has a seat, a shelter, no pole. It is set back from the path. Seen near St Endellion, Polzeath, Cornwall. Please send us your photos to illustrate what you consider to be a good design for a rural bus stops, so that we can find the best ones:

info@oxon4buses.org.uk