Botley Road Closure

8 months ago Mon 20th Mar 2023

Botley Road Bridge Closure - EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 2024

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Until the end of October 2024, the section of Botley Road that passes underneath the rail bridge near Oxford Rail Station will continue to be closed to all motor vehicle traffic, including buses.

The following services are be affected by the bridge closure: BROOKESbus400/U1, city3Bcity4A, connector 33 and Thames Travel 63/63S.

Temporary ticketing arrangements will also be in place to ensure that you can purchase your usual ticket. Find out more here.

For more information on the closure, please visit the Network Rail Media Centre.

BROOKESbus400/U1

The BROOKESbusU1/400 will be unable to operate as a through service from Harcourt Hill to Wheatley. As a result, the BROOKESbus service will need to implement a temporary revised timetable during this period. Services will be split at Oxford Rail Station, where passengers will need to walk (approx. 5 mins) to the other side of the rail bridge where buses will continue along the 400 and NU1 routes.

A map detailing the walking route can be found below:

Map of the Osney Island/Frideswide Square/Rail Station area during the bridge closure. A PDF version is available at the bottom of the following block of text.


BROOKESbus 400/U1 from Wheatley, Thornhill Park&Ride and Headington

For services coming from Wheatley, Thornhill Park&Ride and Headington, buses will terminate at Oxford Rail Station.

Passengers wishing to travel beyond Oxford Rail Station towards Seacourt Park&Ride and Harcourt Hill will need to alight and walk to the Osney Island bus stops on the other side of the bridge, where buses towards Seacourt Park&Ride and Harcourt Hill will operate from. Buses returning to Headington, Thornhill Park&Ride and Wheatley will commence from Oxford Rail Station forecourt, and then run along the current route to Wheatley.

BROOKESbus NU1 from Wheatley and Headington

Services will terminate at Speedwell Street in Oxford City Centre, and return from here to Headington and Wheatley.

BROOKESbus 400/U1 from Harcourt Hill and Seacourt Park&Ride

Services will terminate at the Osney Island bus stops on Botley Road – these are the closest stops to Oxford Rail Station that we are permitted to serve. Passengers wishing to travel beyond towards Oxford City Centre, Headington, Thornhill Park&Ride and Wheatley will need to alight from the bus and walk to Oxford Rail Station forecourt on the other side of the bridge (approx. 5 mins), where buses operate from.

BROOKESbus NU1 from Harcourt Hill

Services will terminate at the Osney Island bus stops on Botley Road – these are the closest stops to Oxford Rail Station that we are permitted to serve. Passengers wishing to travel onwards will need to alight from the bus and walk to Oxford Rail Station forecourt on the other side of the bridge (approx. 5 mins), where Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel buses operate from.

To view the current timetable, please click here, and to view the temporary route map for the Rail Station area, please click here.

 

city3B

Due to the Botley Road closure, we need to implement a revised route and timetable for the 3B. The morning trip will now depart from Rose Hill 10 minutes earlier than at present, and travel along the normal line of route to the City Centre, then via Abingdon Road and A34 Southern Bypass to Matthew Arnold School. The afternoon trip will operate via A34 Southern Bypass and Abingdon Road to Oxford City Centre, where the current route will resume to Rose Hill.

You can find the current timetable here, and the revised route map here.

 

city4A

For the duration of the road closure, city4A will be unable to run into the City Centre, and will start and finish at the Osney Island bus stops on Botley Road. These are the closest pair of bus stops to the west of Oxford Rail Station that we will be permitted to serve, and passengers will need to walk to the other side of the rail bridge for onward buses to Oxford City Centre departing from Oxford Rail Station. Please see below for details of the temporary ticketing arrangements.

To view the temporary timetable, please click here.

 

connector 23 & 33

For the duration of the road closure, connector 33 will be unable to run into Oxford City Centre, and will start and finish at the Osney Island bus stops on Botley Road. These are the closest pair of bus stops to the west of Oxford Rail Station that we will be permitted to serve, and passengers will need to walk to the other side of the rail bridge for onward buses to Oxford City Centre departing from Oxford Rail Station. Please see below for details of the temporary ticketing arrangements.

We will also be making some changes to times across the route to improve punctuality from the same date. The timetable for connector 23 will also have minor changes across the route to ensure that we continue to provide a coordinated frequency of up to every 30 minutes between Milton Park, Didcot and Wallingford between both services.

To view the temporary timetable, please click here, and to view the temporary route map, please click here.

 

Thames Travel 63 & 63S

For the duration of the road closure, services 63 & 63S will be unable to run into Oxford City Centre, and will start and finish at the Osney Island bus stops on Botley Road. These are the closest pair of bus stops to the west of Oxford Rail Station that we will be permitted to serve, and passengers will need to walk to the other side of the rail bridge for onward buses to Oxford City Centre departing from Oxford Rail Station. Please see below for details of the temporary ticketing arrangements.

To view the temporary timetable, please click here.

 

Temporary ticketing arrangements

For BROOKESbus:

Simply board the bus and ask for your final destination - the driver will be able to sell you your usual ticket. You'll need to alight at Oxford Rail Station and follow the signposted walking route to Osney Island, where you can board another 400 service to complete your journey - just show the driver the ticket you purchased on the first bus.

For city4A, connector 33 and Thames Travel 63 & 63S:

If you’re travelling from the West along Botley Road to Oxford City Centre, you’ll be able to board the same bus you usually would and ask for Oxford City Centre - the driver will be able to sell you your usual ticket. You'll need to alight at Osney Island and follow the signposted walking route to Oxford Rail Station, where you can board any Oxford Bus Company or Thames Travel bus to complete your journey to the City Centre - just show the driver the ticket you purchased on the first bus.

If you’re travelling from Oxford City Centre to destinations beyond Osney Island to the West, you’ll be able to board any Oxford Bus Company or Thames Travel bus in Oxford City Centre towards Oxford Rail Station, and ask the driver for your usual ticket type (Single or Return) to Oxford Rail Station. You'll need to alight at Oxford Rail Station and follow the signposted walking route to Osney Island, where you can board your usual bus to complete your journey. You'll need to show the driver the ticket you purchased on the first bus and ask for another Single or Return to your final destination. Don't worry - the cost of the two tickets combined will be the same as you would normally pay for your through journey.

Multi-trip tickets:

During the period of the closure, if you usually purchase a multi-trip ticket this may no longer offer you the best value, as you'll have to use one journey each time you board a bus. In addition to the special arrangements for Single and Return tickets described above, our Daily, Weekly and longer period tickets offer great value for money - you can find more details about them here. Making several journeys in a short amount of time? Our Hopper range might be just the ticket! Full details can be found here.

FreeFlow:

Unfortunately, FreeFlow won't be suitable for customers who need to change buses at Oxford Rail Station to complete their journey. During this period, please consider purchasing one of our Daily, Weekly or longer period tickets, which offer great value for money - you can find more details about them here. Alternatively, please purchase a Single or Return from the driver as described in the above Temporary Ticketing Arrangements section.

If you have any other questions about the Botley Road bridge closure, please contact our Customer Services team