Last updated: 06/01/2021
From Sunday 3rd January 2021, we introduced enhanced bus services for Milton Park and Didcot in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council and MEPC. Key benefits of the new network include:
- Buses up to every five to ten minutes between Didcot Parkway and Milton Park operating Monday to Friday daytime.
- New fast X36 service linking Wantage, Grove and East Hanney with Milton Park and Didcot, operating up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday.
- Enhanced X32 service operating up to every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday. In Oxford, buses continue to operate beyond the city centre to Headington, John Radcliffe Hospital.
- Enhanced X2 service operating up to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sunday, between Didcot, Milton Park, Abingdon and Oxford.
For passengers wishing to travel to or from Milton Park, daytime frequencies are as below:
In details, changes to the routes serving Milton Park are as follows:
Route was enhanced to operate up to every 20 minutes between Didcot and Oxford Monday to Saturday daytime. Evening and Sunday services were enhanced to operate up to every 30 minutes between Didcot and Oxford. The section of the route between Didcot and Wallingford was replaced with a revised 33 service (see below). The section of route between Didcot Orchard Centre and Didcot Tesco was replaced with new service 90 (see below). In Oxford, the route of the X2 service was revised to serve Oxford Railway Station.
Route was enhanced to operate up to every 30 minutes between Oxford and Wantage via Didcot, Monday to Saturday daytime. Only a limited number of journeys serve Chilton, with additional journeys between Chilton and Didcot being provided by a revised 94 service (see below). In Oxford, buses continue to operate beyond the city centre to the John Radcliffe Hospital via Brookes University.
New route was introduced to provide a faster link between Wantage, Grove and East Hanney with Milton Park and Didcot up to every 30 minutes, Monday to Saturday.
Route was revised with the section of the route between Didcot Orchard Centre and Wantage, being replaced by the enhanced X32 service (see above). From Didcot Orchard Centre, the 33 service replaces the previous X2 service to Wallingford (not serving Didcot Tesco). Buses operate up to every 30 minutes between Wallingford and Didcot Parkway with one bus per hour continuing to Abingdon via Sutton Courtenay and Culham. In Sutton Courtenay, buses no longer operate along Bradstocks Way and Harwell Road. Passengers that used stops on these roads should use stops on Milton Road or High Street instead.
During the middle of the day, the previous 99 service was extended to form a loop. The 99A service operates as an anti-clockwise loop from Didcot Orchard Centre via Didcot Parkway, Milton Park, Milton Gate, Great Western Park North and back to Didcot Parkway. The 99C service operates the same loop clockwise. At peak times, the 99A/99C services only operate between Great Western Park and Milton Park as per the previous 99 service.
We made other changes to Didcot Zone area routes as follows:
New route was introduced, providing a link between Didcot Orchard Centre and Didcot Tesco up to every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime replacing the existing X2 service.
Route was revised, with buses operating from Didcot Parkway to East Hagbourne in the same way as now. From East Hagbourne, buses operate direct to Blewbury and then via Upton to Chilton and Harwell Campus. Buses towards Didcot follow the same route in reverse. There were no changes to the 94S buses on school days.
New route was introduced, providing a link between Didcot Parkway, Ladygrove, Long Wittenham and Clifton Hampden. At peak times, the 95 operates to and from Culham Science Centre. At off-peak times, buses operate as service 95B to Berinsfield via Burcot.
IMPORTANT: From Sunday 3rd January 2021, your 97 service was suspended due to delays in the completion of bus gate infrastructure around Great Western Park South. Once completed, your 97 service will be operating to the new and improved timetable (available to view below), which was originally meant to start from 3rd January 2021. We currently expect the service to have a commencement date of approximately Easter 2021, however further updates will be published nearer the time.
From Spring 2021, route 97 will be significantly enhanced to operate up to every 30 minutes, Monday to Saturday. The route will operate from Didcot Parkway via Orchard Centre and Broadway, then via a one-way loop out along the Wantage Road (past the Community Hospital), through Great Western Park South to Park Road and then back along the Broadway to Didcot Parkway via the Orchard Centre.
The 98A route variation to Great Western Park South was withdrawn. Buses continue to operate up to every 15 minutes between Didcot centre and Great Western Park Asda Monday to Saturday with up to two buses per hour continuing beyond Asda to Harwell Campus on Monday to Friday. On Sundays, buses continue to operate up to every 30 minutes between Didcot town centre and Great Western Park Asda.