Timetable change leads to less morning commuter S4 buses


Stagecoach is prepared to put in place any short-term solutions if problems arise

Concerns have been raised by a group representing bus users that an upcoming timetable change will reduce the number of morning commuter buses available on the route between Banbury and Oxford.

The new timetable for Stagecoach buses comes into effect on June 4.

Currently the S4 route has three Oxford bound buses leaving Banbury and arriving in Oxford before 9am.   After June 4 only two of the services will arrive in the city by that time.

For those heading to Banbury, at the moment two early S4 buses from Deddington arrive in Banbury at 0625 and 0705.   The new timetable has just one early service arriving before 8am, at 0738.

Bus Users Oxford represents bus passengers across the county.   Hugh Jaeger, the group’s Chair, said: “Passengers have told Bus Users Oxford that some early morning buses on route S4 are already full.   They fear that after 4 June there will be too few buses to get everyone to work.

“A few have said that there will no longer be a bus at the right time for when they need to arrive to start work.”

The changes will affect bus users along the route, which includes Twyford, Adderbury and Deddington, and connects with the community bus from the Bartons.

Stagecoach acknowledged the concerns that had been raised and told Banbury FM they are prepared to put in place any short-term solutions should problems arise.

Rachel Geliamassi, Managing Director, said: “Timetable changes to the S4 have been designed to improve punctuality which has been affected by worsening traffic congestion. The alterations have meant that some of the arrival and departure times have changed, but we have tried to minimise the impact on our customers as much as possible.

“We are aware of the feedback on some of the journeys and acknowledge concerns regarding the early morning trips.

“We will be monitoring the service very closely and we will be prepared to put in place any short-term solutions which would be followed by a change to the timetable if necessary.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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