Oxford Tube services to return after 3 month pause during lockdown

But, with a reduced timetable and capacity from Monday July 6th.

The Oxford Tube service will return to a 7 day operation next month, with services to London running up to every 15 minutes during the morning peak.

Stagecoach Oxfordshire says extensive measures are in place to provide clean services and social distancing has been implemented in line with Government guidelines.

It says the express service which runs direct from Thornhill through to Baker Street will not operate whilst the temporary timetable is in place.

Oxford Tube services were temporarily suspended in April Following the Government's guidance to stay at home and stop all non-essential travel.

Since then, the coaches have been thoroughly deep-cleaned and are undergoing maintenance and pre-service checks ready for July 6th.

Drivers have also undergone new training 'in order to familiarise themselves with the new measures in place.'

All coaches have a protective screen to 'provide a physical barrier between the driver and passenger,' and all passengers are required to wear a face mask, unless they are exempt.

Chris Coleman, Managing Director at Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, which manages the Oxford Tube, said: "The Oxford Tube team has worked very hard in developing a timetable that provides our passengers with a sufficient level of service whilst working with the reduced capacity needed to meet social distancing guidelines.

"We know the return of the Oxford Tube is highly anticipated for many and we are thrilled to be able to share this date with our customers.

"Our team of drivers have been eager to get back behind the wheel and out on the road and I would like to thank all of our staff and customers for their continued patience, support and resilience.

"Public transport will continue to play a crucial role in the country's recovery ahead. As well as helping to restart our economy, it is vital in bringing normality back to many areas of our daily lives, keeping families and communities connected and contributing towards a safer, cleaner and healthier nation."

A full timetable is available at www.oxfordtube.com
 

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