In August 2020 the independent transport videos cameras paid a visit to the historic, picturesque city of Oxford to catch up on the contemporary bus scene. Quite a lot has happened since our last filming visit in 2014. The main operator is the Oxford Bus Company, which is a member of the Go Ahead group. Thames Travel is also part of the group and are seen in their two-tone grey ‘Connector’ livery for services to Didcot or in their blue and green standard livery. Thames Travel also run the ‘River Rapids’ group of services (X38, X39 & X40) in a mainly blue livery. The City Sightseeing open-top buses seen are also operated by the Oxford Bus Company. Stagecoach operates in the city with some local and interurban routes whilst Arriva run into Oxford with their frequent 280 route from Aylesbury. The Oxford Bus Company buses carry route branding for many routes in an overall colour to denote the route or group of routes that the buses operate on. The fleet is made up of a variety of types with some of the newest being low height Wright StreetDeck double-deckers. Low height buses have almost always been specified for Oxford due to a low bridge at the railway station. An interesting addition to the fleet is a batch of nine normal-height Wright StreetDecks delivered just a few days before our filming. They have been diverted from Go North East. Numbers 901-903 are in a smart Oxford Bus Company red and black livery and 904-909 are in the grey Thames Travel ‘Connector’ livery. They are seen in service on this programme. You will also see the large Van Hool Astromega coaches operating the frequent Stagecoach ‘Oxford Tube’ service to London and in contrast small ADL200 single-deckers operated by the independent, Red Rover of Aylesbury. Our filming begins at the Redbridge Park & Ride site where our cameras board Wright StreetDeck 668 (SK66 HUH) for the ride into the city.
On arrival we get to work to film the action for you to enjoy. We visit a good number of locations including High Street, The Plain, St Aldate’s, St Giles’, George Street as well as a brief visit to Gloucester Green Bus & Coach station. Further locations include Worcester Street, New Road, Park End Street, Botley Road, Castle Street and Speedwell Street with our final scenes at Redbridge Park & Ride where a number of through services are filmed that serve the site. The second part of this DVD programme was filmed in September 2018 on the occasion of the ‘Heritage Open Days’. This is when a number of historic buildings are opened to the public all over the country. During our visit the Oxford Bus Museum were operating four buses from their collection on free services connecting various buildings in the city. The buses included AEC Regent V – 956 (956 AJO), AEC Renown - 371 (FWL 371E), Dennis Loline – 304 (304 KFC) and AEC Regal – 703 (NJO 703). The latter was stationed in Queen Street as an information point handing out brochures about the bus museum. During our filming that day we captured the contemporary scene on George Street, Queen Street, the railway station and High Street as well as a journey onboard the Dennis Loline. We hope you enjoy your ride and our two visits to this beautiful city.
Produced by - Independent Transport Videos
Duration - 98 minutes
Region - 0 (worldwide) PAL
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 Widescreen
Released - September 2020