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Estate gets new bus link to the rail station
6:00pm Wednesday 19th September 2012 in Oxford
RESIDENTS have welcomed the extension of a popular bus service to Oxford railway station.
The number three bus, which runs between Rose Hill and Oxford city centre, will finish at its new destination from Sunday, September 30, on all journeys. The final stop was at Speedwell Street, which meant passengers had to walk or get a connecting bus to the train station.
Vim Rodrigo, 80, who lives in Rose Hill, said: “We used to have a bus that went to the station, so it is nice to see it is going to be returned.
“I know a lot of people complained. The bus would drop people off and you would have to get another bus to the station.
“There are quite a lot of elderly people in Rose Hill, so this is good news.”
Buses towards Rose Hill operated both by Stagecoach and Oxford Bus Company will depart from stop R1 at the station, stop R7 at Frideswide Square and stop D1 in New Road in addition to the usual stop in Bonn Square.
Buses towards the station will stop roughly opposite the new stops.
There will be minor changes to the timetable to accommodate the extended route, but the nightbus N3 will continue to run from Bonn Square unchanged.
Robyn North, marketing manager for Stagecoach Oxfordshire, said: “We have extended the route to provide better connections from the Iffley Road area and also changed them to double decker buses to provide more room.”
She added that the changes were being made in response from passengers and that bus fares on the route would not be affected.
There will be changes to other routes from September 30.
Routes 14/14A and 17A/17C will move to stop R4 at the railway station.
On Friday and Saturday nights, a new late NS1 journey from Witney to Oxford will be introduced at 2.12am and the NS1 journeys leaving Oxford for Witney and Carterton will be altered slightly, running every 30 minutes from 1-3am, with the last bus at 3.15am.
On Sundays the S1 to and from Carterton will be altered to serve Shilton Park and Monahan Way towards Carterton and Manor Road in Brize Norton when leaving Carterton.
The Monday-Friday expresses on route S2 will now stop to pick up at all stops in Oxford, and will run directly to and from Carterton instead of running through Witney.
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