Bus boost welcomed for service from Blackbird Leys estate to John Radcliffe

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RESIDENTS who campaigned for a bus from Blackbird Leys to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital say extra buses from the estate is a move in the right direction.

At present, bus company Stagecoach runs one morning bus from Blackbird Leys to the hospital and one return journey in the evening.

But from Sunday this will increase to three journeys in the morning and two in the evening on route 10.

Outside the rush hour, estate residents who need to travel to the hospital in Headington will need to change at Cowley, but can buy one ticket to cover the entire journey.

Parish council chairman Gordon Roper said: “We were after a full service, but this is a start of something good.

“The demand will be there. It is something we have campaigned for.”

Resident and parish councillor Sheila Smith, who said the journey to the hospital has taken her two hours, says a direct link from the estate is needed.

She added: “That will help quite a lot of people. It is a pity it is not all day, but during the busy hours it will help.”

Sally Meachim, from the Clockhouse, which organises activities for older people on the estate, said: “From talking to people locally I am sure this will be helpful for those working at the JR.

“I know there are a lot of people who need to visit friends and family and they wouldn’t necessarily benefit from a rush hour bus.

“It is a step in the right direction, but it would be really helpful to extend the service it is running right through the day and not only in rush hour.”

From Sunday, route 10 will also run every 10 minutes during the day from Monday to Saturday, and every 20 minutes on Sundays from Cowley.

At present, buses run every 12 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday.

There will also be a new fleet of buses used from the end of November.

Hugh Jaeger, chairman of Bus Users UK in Oxford, welcomed the increase in frequency, and said: “I am really pleased on behalf of all passengers in Oxford. This will see route 10 get better. It is a vital route, so this is good news.”

Robyn North, marketing manager at Stagecoach, said the changes are being made in response to increasing demand and added: “Increasing the frequency of route 10 will improve connections to the JR hospital from Cowley and around the city.”

 

THE NEW TIMETABLE

 Route 10
Peak: There will be up to seven buses an hour instead of six
Off peak: There will be six buses an hour instead of five

 

Blackbird Leys to John Radcliffe Hospital
Existing departure: 6.18am
New bus: 7.08am
New bus: 7.48am

 

John Radcliffe Hospital to Blackbird Leys
Existing departure: 7.05pm
New bus: 6.28pm

 

Stagecoach’s Cowley Connector ticket allows through travel to the John Radcliffe Hospital from Blackbird Leys, Greater Leys, Rose Hill, Littlemore and Minchery Farm by changing buses at Cowley Centre.

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7:50pm Sat 27 Oct 12

King Joke says...

Two hours to get a bus to Cowley, change onto a No 10 and get to the JR? Really??

This new service is good news, but let's not overstate the problem with the current service.

Changing from a 4-min headway service onto a 12-min headway service is not a major inconvenience.
Two hours to get a bus to Cowley, change onto a No 10 and get to the JR? Really?? This new service is good news, but let's not overstate the problem with the current service. Changing from a 4-min headway service onto a 12-min headway service is not a major inconvenience. King Joke
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9:33am Sun 28 Oct 12

norton manor says...

well it's a start, what is really needed is joined up thinking with the bus companies to form a proper bus service to and from the hospitals throughout the city
well it's a start, what is really needed is joined up thinking with the bus companies to form a proper bus service to and from the hospitals throughout the city norton manor
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7:13pm Mon 29 Oct 12

OZZY123 says...

why not take a taxi 242424
why not take a taxi 242424 OZZY123
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2:21pm Tue 30 Oct 12

King Joke says...

norton manor wrote:
well it's a start, what is really needed is joined up thinking with the bus companies to form a proper bus service to and from the hospitals throughout the city
Journeys to hospitals form a small part of journeys made throughout the city. Journeys to work and for shopping make by far the largest part of journeys made, and so this is why the bus network is organised mainly around serving these flows, with hospital journeys forming a smaller part of the offering.

As it happens services to the JR Hospital are good, with the No 10 and the 13/X13 both running every ten minutes, and the 700 running every 15 minutes. These three between them connect with virtually every service in the City and most in the County as well.

It would make no sense to connect every area of the city directly with the JR given that the JR is not the main trip generator in the city, and doing so would disadvantage passengers making the more popular journeys.
[quote][p][bold]norton manor[/bold] wrote: well it's a start, what is really needed is joined up thinking with the bus companies to form a proper bus service to and from the hospitals throughout the city[/p][/quote]Journeys to hospitals form a small part of journeys made throughout the city. Journeys to work and for shopping make by far the largest part of journeys made, and so this is why the bus network is organised mainly around serving these flows, with hospital journeys forming a smaller part of the offering. As it happens services to the JR Hospital are good, with the No 10 and the 13/X13 both running every ten minutes, and the 700 running every 15 minutes. These three between them connect with virtually every service in the City and most in the County as well. It would make no sense to connect every area of the city directly with the JR given that the JR is not the main trip generator in the city, and doing so would disadvantage passengers making the more popular journeys. King Joke
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8:07pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Carfax Cabby says...

OZZY123 says...
7:13pm Mon 29 Oct 12

why not take a taxi 242424

Because OZZY 90% of their fleet are minicabs. If you want a TAXI you need to call A1 Taxis, the ONLY 100% TAXI company in Oxford.
OZZY123 says... 7:13pm Mon 29 Oct 12 why not take a taxi 242424 Because OZZY 90% of their fleet are minicabs. If you want a TAXI you need to call A1 Taxis, the ONLY 100% TAXI company in Oxford. Carfax Cabby
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