As part of the Access to Headington traffic management scheme, roadworks will start on Headley Way on Monday 22 January 2018 and continue until the autumn. Any roadworks on Headley Way are likely to cause traffic congestion, due to being a busy suburban access route and forming part of the main access to the John Radcliffe Hospital. In this case the road-works are significant, involving the removal of traffic islands and roundabouts and therefore the congestion and resultant traffic delays are likely to be severe.
Our cityX3/X13/13 services are inter-worked and inter-linked with services operating between Abingdon and John Radcliffe Hospital both directly via St Aldates and indirectly via Oxford rail station, running from Marston and Northway via Headley Way. In order to enable us to provide a regular and reliable service between Abingdon and Oxford and between John Radcliffe Hospital, Northway, Marston and the city centre, the two routes will be separated from Sunday 21st January 2018.
Additional running time will be required for the Marston and John Radcliffe Hospital route and there will also be additional time needed for both services to operate their route around central Oxford in order to turn. We will be putting extra resources into the operation but the revised arrangements will mean that neither cityX3 nor city13 buses will be able to serve Oxford rail station. As such, passengers who wish to cross the city centre or access the rail station or access Brookes Headington campus will need to change buses in the city centre.
Our services will therefore operate as follows:
- cityX3 buses to and from Abingdon will run via St Aldates and High Street
- city13 buses from John Radcliffe Hospital will run via Northway and in the city centre via High Street and St Aldates
- cityX13 will not operate, meaning that temporarily we will also be unable to serve the usual Brookes University stops.
At this stage it is not possible to predict how long the revised routes will be in place but it is likely to be for at least 4-6 weeks. We will however return to our normal pattern of services as soon as conditions allow.
We apologise for any inconvenience during this period of disruption.