All change for the BROOKESbus

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Grey Brookes bus 2014

The iconic BROOKESbus has been completely redesigned and the new-look buses will be on Oxford’s roads from Saturday (13 September).

Drawing inspiration from across the University, the new bus designs highlight some of what’s at the heart of Oxford Brookes.

Anyone in Oxford city centre this weekend will also have an opportunity to climb aboard and view one of the new buses which will be parked on Broad Street.

At the press launch last week, June Girvin, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "These new buses represent the best of Oxford Brookes - not just through the activities and achievements that are highlighted on the bodywork, but also in their benefits to Oxford and to the environment.

"With almost two and a quarter million passenger journeys - by our students and members of the public - they are estimated to save around 1.4 million car trips annually. These new buses also use Gyrodrive technology - designed with input from one of our alumni, Glen Pascoe - that will help the buses to reduce fuel consumption by around 20%."  

The new Gyrodrive technology was developed by Oxford Brookes alumnus Glen Pascoe who studied motorsport engineering and graduated in 2006.

With almost two and a quarter million passenger journeys - by our students and members of the public - they are estimated to save around 1.4 million car trips annually.

June Girvin, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

Glen, who remembers regularly travelling with his now wife on the BROOKESbus said “"As a Brookes alumnus I feel honoured that Gyrodrive will be making a positive impact on the current students and the University in general by helping to achieve its sustainable travel plans. I hope that my story will inspire all students to realise their potential and make a difference."

We have also made some improvements to the BROOKESbus service for this year, including:

• An extension into Oxford on the U5 route and changes that bring the route closer to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

• A new U4 bus service linking Blackbird Leys, Gipsy Lane and the John Radcliffe Hospital.

• The new limited stop service U1x will be stopping at Wheatley, Headington Shops, Gipsy Lane, St Clements, City Centre, Rail Station, and Harcourt Hill.

• An early morning U1 service to allow people to get to the University's Wheatley and Harcourt campuses before 7am.

Further information on timetables is available on the Oxford Bus Company web pages.

The new bus was also recently featured on ITV Meridian and you can view the coverage online.