THAMES Travel has launched a new off-peak bus service between Didcot town centre and the south side Great Western Park estate.

The new Connector 97 service operates Monday to Friday with buses running hourly.

At the same time the Connector 98 service from Didcot Parkway to the Great Western Park northern neighbourhood has been extended off-peak to serve the southern neighbourhood every hour.

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Thames Travel said services to the northern section of Great Western Park is on track to complete 220,000 passenger journeys annually on current routes.

This is a ten-fold increase on numbers from five years ago.

Thames Travel managing director Phil Southall said: “As a result of the positive uptake of our Connector services at Great Western Park we have been continuing to work with Taylor Wimpey to ensure we continue to tailor our service provision to the development expansion where possible.”