Changes to BROOKESbus service for 2022 to 2023 academic year

7 June 2022

Image of the BROOKESbus outside Headington Campus

SEPTEMBER UPDATE - As of 4 September 2022, the new BROOKESbus service has now come into effect.

For the 2022 to 2023 academic year, changes have been made to the BROOKESbus service provided by Oxford Bus Company.

What changes have been made to the U1 service?

To reflect the changing use of the city’s bus network, the existing BROOKESbus U1 service has combined with the 400 service. The 400 service serves both the Seacourt and Thornhill Park & Rides, both of which were already on the U1 route. The U1 route has therefore changed to directly serve Thornhill and Seacourt Park & Rides, making sustainable travel to our campuses easier.

This service has become the 400 (BROOKESbusU1).

What changes have been made to the U5 service?

The U5 service has changed on Monday to Friday daytimes and become the 100 (BROOKESbusU5).

The new 100 (BROOKESbusU5) provides 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 which travels to the city centre.

Will the new services look different?

The new 100 (BROOKESbusU5) and 400 (BROOKESbusU1) service names will be added to the buses, bus stops and Oxford Bus Company timetables.  

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 BROOKESbus services came into effect from Sunday 4 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 1 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.

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