The Oxford Tube service has added extra services connecting parts of West Oxfordshire to London, along with a new stop in High Wycombe.
Following the success of the original coach service, which carries passengers between Oxford city centre and London Victoria station, passengers can now board the Oxford Tube from Carterton, Witney, or Eynsham to travel to London.
These early morning commuter trips originating in West Oxfordshire will bypass Oxford city centre and stop at Thornhill before continuing the regular route to London. Four outbound journeys will operate in the morning, with three returning journeys later in the afternoon.
Four outbound journeys will operate in the morning, with three returning journeys later in the afternoon.
The Oxford Tube also has a new stop in High Wycombe, available hourly on weekdays. The new service will connect High Wycombe with Oxford Brookes, Headington, and Oxford city centre. Ten round trips will operate daily, except for weekends.
This hourly service will begin in Oxford city centre as usual but will serve High Wycombe coach way after Lewknor and then will travel to Hillingdon and Baker Street into London as per the current express route – providing additional links to Baker Street.
Additional changes to the schedule include an increased frequency of the core service. Coaches will run up to every 8 to 12 minutes on a Saturday, 10 to 15 minutes Monday to Friday and up to 20 minutes during the night.
The additional connections expand upon the popular travel mode among students and locals alike. Stagecoach West, which operates the Oxford Tube, has added more coaches to its fleet to provide the extra capacity.
In a quote to the BBC, Chris Hanson, Operations Director at Stagecoach West, said: “…the extra services were due to the ‘roaring success’ of the core service”.
Rachel Geliamassi, Stagecoach West’s Managing director, said: “The expansion of the Oxford Tube into High Wycombe makes travel into London and Oxford easier, more reliable, sustainable and great value for money.
“Passengers love the space… the air con, super comfy seats, tables and charging points make our Oxford Tube an incredibly attractive option when travelling into London.”
Fares from Oxfordshire to High Wycombe will be priced at £8.00 for an adult single journey and £13.00 for an adult return trip, while trips from High Wycombe to London will cost £10.00 for a single journey and £15.00 for a return ticket.
The core Oxford Tube route and the express trips that run via Baker Street will remain unchanged.
Ticket pricing is unaffected by these changes, with a student return for use within 3 months between Oxford and London being currently £18, whilst an adult ticket costs £20.
The Oxford Tube is fitted with free 4G Wi-Fi, at-seat wireless and USB charging points, and individual tables for a convenient and comfortable journey.