New bus routes connect Bicester neighbourhoods

New Year bus timetables have come into effect in Bicester, providing a new service for residents in Graven Hill and providing greater connectivity for the Garden Town.

Published: Monday, 4th January 2021

Oxfordshire County Council has been working with local bus operators and major employers to implement the changes.

The revised schedule includes the introduction of the 29 and H5 route, doubling the frequency of buses between Ambrosden and Bicester, picking up people from Graven Hill Foundation Square on the way.

The H5 service also provides a new, regular bus link between Bicester and John Radcliffe Hospital, taking in the villages of Merton and Islip. Service 29 will serve Bullingdon Prison and Arncott, with a limited off-peak service for Upper Arncott retained following discussions with the local community.

The county council also stepped in to provide funding to maintain vital links to Langford, Launton and Stratton Audley following the withdrawal of the S5 and 18 bus services from these areas. New services 27 and 28 will run to Langford and Launton, while Stratton Audley will be served by a new Comet community transport route on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Bus operators have taken a number of measures to promote safe travel, by implementing social distancing measures on board, restricting capacity and enhancing cleaning regimes, particularly of key touchpoints. Passengers are reminded that face coverings are mandatory on public transport, except for those who are in exempt categories.

More information on the routes, including the bus timetables can be found on the Stagecoach website