New Brookes Bus service

Friday, 10 July 2009

New fleet of low emission Brookes buses.

The UK’s greenest bus company and one of the country’s top green universities have launched a new fleet of 11 low emission ‘Brookes Buses.’

The first buses are now running between Wheatley, Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses as part of a new five year multi-million pound partnership between Oxford Bus Company and Oxford Brookes University.

The rest of the buses will be introduced gradually between now and the start of the new semester in September.

The first passengers to use their new “Brookes Key” smartcard included the Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company, Philip Kirk, and Brookes’ Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Rex Knight.

The fleet of eleven double deckers comply with the latest Euro V-EEV exhaust emission standards.

Rex Knight said: “This new partnership between Brookes and Oxford Bus Company will bring enormous benefits for both University staff and students and the people of Oxford.

“As one of the UK’s top green universities, Brookes wanted to work with a bus company with an outstanding environment record.

“Our travel survey shows the Brookes Bus is already the most popular way for students to travel to campus – with 37% using the bus compared with 8% using a car. As part of our sustainable travel plan we expect the number of journeys taken on the Brookes Bus to increase from 1.7 million a year to 2 million and this will have a positive impact on carbon emissions.

“We have ambitious targets to reduce car usage for both staff and students and the fact that the new Brookes Bus service will provide our students with discounted travel on other Oxford Bus Company services such as the Park & Ride coach services to London and Heathrow and Gatwick airports is a powerful incentive.”

Philip Kirk said: “By the start of September, all eleven of our brand new vehicles will be in service, offering passengers a number of firsts for Oxford Bus Company local services: leather seats, on board information screens and free WIFI access. It represents an investment of over £2.2million.

"As ever, our priority is to provide passengers with a safe, comfortable and reliable journey and this fleet of buses will ensure students and residents alike can travel in confidence.

"The buses go beyond the Euro V and we continue to set the highest environmental standards for buses in Oxford. They are to Enhanced Environmental Vehicle (EEV) emission standards and we have now scored a hat-trick: we were the first bus company in the UK to have EuroV single deck buses, coaches and now double deck buses in their fleet and also the first to have EuroV-EEV double and single decker buses.

"We're committed to delivering the highest standards of services that Oxford Bus passengers expect.”

Key features of the new Brookes Bus service include:

  • ‘Real Time’ information system which gives you full details of the location of the next bus
  • The “Brookes Key” smartcard can be topped up the web
  • Free WiFi and information screens on board
  • State of the art CCTV camera on board

The routes and frequencies remain the same, although there may be some slight changes to the timetables

  • U1: Harcourt Hill Campus - City - Headington - Wheatley
  • U5: Marston - Brookes - Cowley – City