New glass-roofed bus has vroom with a view

Oxford Mail: Oxford Tube buses are being replaced Oxford Tube buses are being replaced

Glass roofs are the main feature of a new Oxford Tube £10m fleet of buses.

The Oxford to London bus has bought 26 of the new double-decker vehicles, which will also feature 4G wireless internet, and will eventually replace all of its fleet.

They will enter service on July 16, the company confirmed.

The coaches will also use Euro 6 engines, making them more environmentally friendly, running on a mix of biofuel and diesel.

Managing director Martin Sutton said: “Glass roofs and extra leg room will help provide a unique travelling experience.

“And the coaches are now one of the greenest ways to travel between Oxford and London”.

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7:39am Wed 2 Jul 14

Quentin Walker says...

A photo would have rounded off the article...
A photo would have rounded off the article... Quentin Walker
  • Score: 8

9:37am Wed 2 Jul 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Oxford Tube are replacing the fleet with Van Hool Astromegas http://www.vanhool.b
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Oxford Tube are replacing the fleet with Van Hool Astromegas http://www.vanhool.b e/ENG/coaches/TX-ran ge/TXastromegaEN.htm l Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 1

12:32pm Wed 2 Jul 14

sablond oxford says...

Errr hate to state the obvious but as a regular bus user when we do get any sunshine the side of the bus in the sun gets extremely hot. Won’t having a glass roof turn buses into a greenhouse?! Just what you want for a two hour journey to London! Has the person who brought the buses ever travel on one? Think I’ll be using the X90 in future.
Errr hate to state the obvious but as a regular bus user when we do get any sunshine the side of the bus in the sun gets extremely hot. Won’t having a glass roof turn buses into a greenhouse?! Just what you want for a two hour journey to London! Has the person who brought the buses ever travel on one? Think I’ll be using the X90 in future. sablond oxford
  • Score: -1

2:30pm Wed 2 Jul 14

xenarthra says...

sablond oxford wrote:
Errr hate to state the obvious but as a regular bus user when we do get any sunshine the side of the bus in the sun gets extremely hot. Won’t having a glass roof turn buses into a greenhouse?! Just what you want for a two hour journey to London! Has the person who brought the buses ever travel on one? Think I’ll be using the X90 in future.
I'm more concerned about the safety implications, given the Oxford Tube's track record on turning buses upside down on the M40.
[quote][p][bold]sablond oxford[/bold] wrote: Errr hate to state the obvious but as a regular bus user when we do get any sunshine the side of the bus in the sun gets extremely hot. Won’t having a glass roof turn buses into a greenhouse?! Just what you want for a two hour journey to London! Has the person who brought the buses ever travel on one? Think I’ll be using the X90 in future.[/p][/quote]I'm more concerned about the safety implications, given the Oxford Tube's track record on turning buses upside down on the M40. xenarthra
  • Score: -1

3:06pm Wed 2 Jul 14

EMBOX2 says...

I look forward to a YouTube video of someone frying an egg inside the coach...
I look forward to a YouTube video of someone frying an egg inside the coach... EMBOX2
  • Score: 1

3:24pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
I look forward to a YouTube video of someone frying an egg inside the coach...
No hot food on board...
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: I look forward to a YouTube video of someone frying an egg inside the coach...[/p][/quote]No hot food on board... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 2

6:00pm Wed 2 Jul 14

riman09 says...

They will always have air-con; as they have done for the last 10 years!
They will always have air-con; as they have done for the last 10 years! riman09
  • Score: 2

7:49pm Wed 2 Jul 14

EMBOX2 says...

riman09 wrote:
They will always have air-con; as they have done for the last 10 years!
It's *never* worked on any Oxford Tube I've ever been on!

Much as I like the Tube's comfort, I far prefer the X90 for speed and its stop at Baker St.
[quote][p][bold]riman09[/bold] wrote: They will always have air-con; as they have done for the last 10 years![/p][/quote]It's *never* worked on any Oxford Tube I've ever been on! Much as I like the Tube's comfort, I far prefer the X90 for speed and its stop at Baker St. EMBOX2
  • Score: 1

8:43pm Wed 2 Jul 14

King Joke says...

The air con on the outgoing fleet of very similar Astromegas has always been fine so I can't see it being a problem on this build. The Neoplans before them were fine too, it was the 1999 order of Jonckheere double decks that had issues, but these were withdrawn ten years ago! Some of you have long memories.

Safety concerns are a non-starter; overall glass roofs have been fitted to cars for a number of years with no issue. I think the Citroen C4 Picasso is one example but don't quote me on that!
The air con on the outgoing fleet of very similar Astromegas has always been fine so I can't see it being a problem on this build. The Neoplans before them were fine too, it was the 1999 order of Jonckheere double decks that had issues, but these were withdrawn ten years ago! Some of you have long memories. Safety concerns are a non-starter; overall glass roofs have been fitted to cars for a number of years with no issue. I think the Citroen C4 Picasso is one example but don't quote me on that! King Joke
  • Score: 0

8:56pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Personally I'll be sticking with the Oxford Tube, they've never let me down yet
Personally I'll be sticking with the Oxford Tube, they've never let me down yet Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 1

10:11pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Every since the Council realigned prices at the Park & Ride to match the cost of parking at Westfield (with the Express Parking Tag) - I've given up on both the X90 and Tube and just driven to London.
Every since the Council realigned prices at the Park & Ride to match the cost of parking at Westfield (with the Express Parking Tag) - I've given up on both the X90 and Tube and just driven to London. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

3:32pm Wed 9 Jul 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

next time im on the Oxford Tube I'm going to bring some oranges and tomatoe plants and raise them in the greenhouse lol
next time im on the Oxford Tube I'm going to bring some oranges and tomatoe plants and raise them in the greenhouse lol yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 0

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