Buses to continue after three month trial
At the start of the season it was announced that the OX3 and OX7 Football Special buses had been operating at a loss even during the successful 2015/16 season and that these services had been subsidised by Oxford United. In addition the cost of running each bus was going up by £75 per match.
With the probability of running up even greater losses, supporters using the services were advised that the buses would run for the first three months of the season while the club explored what could be done to keep them running. Furthermore Tappins the existing services provider stated they would be unable to continue operating the services at the end of October when the trial period ended.
After discussions and communication with many of the Oxford United fans who value and use the services the club are delighted to announce that it has managed to agree a deal with Thames Travel for them to operate double decker buses on both routes to all the remaining League matches this season including those on evenings and Bank Holidays on a similar basis and to the same timetable.
Cup matches will be decided on a match-by-match basis. Thames Travel is part of the Oxford Bus Company group who sponsor the Oxford United WSL team and one of the Academy girl’s teams.
Supporters travelling on the buses this Saturday when the U's welcome Bradford City, will have the details explained how the service will aim to become financially self-sufficient to enable it to continue to operate.
We would like to thank Tappins for stepping in at short notice to run these services when RH Coaches went into administration four years ago and for running them for us since then.
For a full list of timetables and travel options CLICK HERE
The game versus Millwall on Saturday 29th October will be the final one operated by Tappins and because of the 1pm kick-off the pick-up times for this match will be two hours earlier than normal.