To download our new 2012 Sustainability Report click here.
For details on our participation in the 'Bus For Jobs' scheme please visit our blog.
We are the UK’s greenest bus company operating the most environmentally friendly bus fleet in the UK. Having been at the heart of Oxford since 1880, we take our commitment to improving air quality very seriously.
We operate a comprehensive network of services in the city and coaches services to London and the airports. We also operate the BrookesBus service in partnership with Oxford Brookes University, and the popular park&ride service which connects five car parks to the city centre.
We are part of the Go-Ahead Group plc, one of the five major groups involved in running buses in the UK. The Go-Ahead philosophy is for each subsidiary company to run as an autonomous business in tune with the local market. In Oxford, this policy has enabled us to double the use of buses in the last ten years.
We run 150 buses and coaches on a comprehensive network of services:
- city - An extensive network of local bus routes in Oxford and the surrounding areas of Kidlington, Abingdon and Didcot.
- park&ride - Bus connections between the city centre and each of the five park&ride car parks at the edge of Oxford.
- the airline - Frequent, high quality coach services from Oxford to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.
- X90 Oxford-London - A frequent, high quality, direct coach service from Oxford to Central London.
- BrookesBus - Frequent services from Wheatley to Harcourt Hill (via the city centre), Marston to Oxford (via Headington and Cowley Road) and The Plain to Wheatley.
We are one of Oxford's largest employers with 600 staff and operate from a purpose-built site on Watlington Road, Cowley. As services have been improved over the last ten years, the number of drivers required to run them has risen by 50%.
Each year, we invest heavily in new vehicles for our services. All of our City and Park & Ride buses are easy access low floor models so that pushchair, pram and wheelchair users are welcome aboard. In addition, we have fitted controlled exhaust systems to our fleet which cut out a large proportion of harmful emissions. We run the lowest emission bus fleet of its size in the UK. The average age of our fleet is around five years - half of what government guidelines suggest.
Oxford Bus Company and Corporate Responsibility
We take our responsibilities very seriously and monitor continuously the way in which our business impacts on the world around us.
Each year we publish an environmental and social report. To download our new 2012 Sustainability Report click here.
We offer value-for-money fares, and the driver can offer single and return fares. In addition, we offer a wide range of fare deals for the frequent and not-so-frequent customer.
In 2006, we changed our ticketing system to keep pace with the tremendous advances which are being made in technology. Our Key smartcards offer a new dimension in the way you pay for your bus travel.
Working in Partnership
We work in close partnership with Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council. Since 1973, both authorities have been promoting a pro-public transport policy and have introduced traffic management measures which give buses priority in the urban area.
Working together, we have achieved a remarkable result - 44% of people travelling to and from central Oxford use buses!
In partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, we introduced a 'Real Time Information' pilot scheme on Banbury Road in 2004. This gives customers a clear indication of when their bus is due.
Bus services outside London operate as a deregulated market. Once a company has an Operator's Licence, it can register any route: these are run commercially. If a local authority believes that a social need is not being met by commercial services, then it can offer a contract to run such services, awarded by competitive tender.
We do not receive huge subsidies from central or local government to operate our services: in fact we receive payment for less than 2% of our network, and that is to operate non-commercial services on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council. We believe strongly that, wherever possible, bus services in urban areas should be developed so that they can be run without subsidy.
Oxford Bus Company and the Community
Having been around for over 130 years, we are certainly part of the Oxford scene. We are actively involved in a number of local initiatives, click here to find out more.