Faster peak hour buses to Oxford and capped £1 pre-Christmas Sunday trips
Extra cash has been secured to safeguard and improve local bus services
Single Sunday bus fares in Oxfordshire in the run-up to Christmas are set to be capped at £1 thanks to extra funding aimed at safeguarding and improving local bus services.
£1.9 million has been secured from the government by Oxfordshire County Council to enable £1 Sunday fares in December, countywide day tickets and improvements to urban and rural routes.
The money is in addition to the £12.7m the council received from the government in August 2022 following its Bus Service Improvement Plan application. The new funding is aimed at increasing long-term patronage and helping to maintain service levels, alongside ensuring connectivity for local communities and promoting innovation.
Banbury bus users will benefit from faster peak hour buses between Banbury and Oxford
Councillor Andrew Gant, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport Management, said: “This funding shows the importance that is placed on public transport in this county and our commitment to getting people back on to the buses. The package of proposals represents a step change in service provision across Oxfordshire, with all the districts benefitting from some level of improvement as a result.
“It will be used to fund innovative schemes such as cut-price fares in the run-up to Christmas – both this year and next year – as well as securing services that require financial support to ensure their survival, such as those affected by the closure of Oxford’s Botley Road.”
Rachel Geliamassi, Managing Director of Stagecoach West, said: “This additional funding is good news and has enabled Stagecoach to continue to make improvements to our services between Banbury and Oxford. We’re working closely with Oxfordshire County Council to look at opportunities to improve bus services across Oxfordshire.”
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam