Thursday, 13 August 2020

Oxford Tube Services to Increase

Oxford Tube coach services will be increasing from the end of the month to provide an improved frequency for commuters and visitors.

The uplift from Monday August 31 will see the frequency from Oxford to London increase to up to every 10 minutes during peak times Monday to Friday and up to every 12 minutes at weekends.

Night services from London will also see additional journeys, providing a frequency of up to every 15 minutes on weekends.

The revised service will see an additional 388 journeys between Oxford and London every week.

Chris Coleman, managing director at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, which manages the Oxford Tube, said: “Since the Oxford Tube service resumed on Monday, July 6, we have seen passenger numbers steadily rise week on week as people begin to return to work and confidence grows in the safety of public transport.

"With the school holidays now under way and London’s museums and attractions reopening it is the right time to increase the frequency of our service to cater for increased demand.

“Social distancing measures remain in place on our coaches; this includes the mandatory wearing of face coverings for passengers, reduced capacity and a zig-zag seating formation advising passengers to leave the seat next to and behind other passengers empty.

In June the planned £13m upgrade to the fleet put on hold following the coronavirus pandemic, It would have been the biggest-ever investment for the company, with 34 brand new coaches.

34 Plaxton Panorama Euro 6 Coaches were planned to be introduced this year

Chris Coleman at the time said: “We have had to review our planned investment and that means we are deferring the Oxford Tube fleet investment for the time being.