For the 2022 to 2023 academic year, there will be changes to the U1 and U5 routes provided by Oxford Bus Company.
What changes will be made to the U1 service?
To reflect the changing use of the city’s bus network, the existing BROOKESbus U1 service will combine with the 400 service. The current 400 service serves both the Seacourt and Thornhill Park & Rides, both of which are already on the U1 route. The U1 route will therefore change to directly serve Thornhill and Seacourt Park & Rides, making sustainable travel to our campuses easier.
This service will become the 400 BROOKESbusU1.
What changes will be made to the U5 service?
The U5 service will change on Monday to Friday daytimes and become the 100 BROOKESbusU5.
The new 100 BROOKESbusU5 will provide direct bus services between Blackbird Leys and Headington Campus. Students who live in the Blackbird Leys area will therefore be able to travel more easily to campus via sustainable transport. It will also serve the John Radcliffe Hospital.
The 100 BROOKESbusU5 route will no longer serve the city centre and Cowley Road during the daytime between Monday to Friday. However a U5 evening service will still serve both these locations from approximately 7.00pm to midnight and there is no change to the existing U5 service at weekends. Both the evening and weekend service will continue to be called the U5.
Alternative bus services are available to reach the city centre and Cowley Road during the day. This includes the 400 BROOKESbusU1 service from Headington Road.
Will the new buses look different?
The new 100 BROOKESbusU5 and 400 BROOKESbusU1 service names will be added to the buses, bus stops and Oxford Bus Company timetables. The buses will retain their existing designs with a small detail added to the U1 buses to indicate that they will also be serving two Park & Ride services.
How will these changes affect my Inclusive Travel and/or BROOKESkey app or card?
These changes to service will not affect your Inclusive Travel and/or BROOKESkey app or card. Those who are eligible will continue to be able to use these on the 100 BROOKESbusU5, U5 and 400 BROOKESbusU1 services. Further information on the BROOKESkey and Inclusive Travel can be found on the Transport Services webpage.
When will these changes be implemented?
The changes to the U1 and U5 BROOKESbus services will come into effect from Saturday 3 September 2022. A further decision on bus service provision for the 2023 to 2024 academic year and beyond will be decided over the coming year and announced in due course. To support these changes, all BROOKESkey holders will receive (via the BROOKESkey app) a pass entitling free travel from 3 September until 14 October 2022.
Where can I find out more?
Further information is available on the Oxford Bus Company’s dedicated BROOKESbus webpages. Here you will find details on the changes to service and maps demonstrating the revised routes.