A NEW bus service that aims to help football fans across the county get to Oxford United home games has been launched.

The Kassam Stadium club have teamed up with Witney-based RH Coaches to offer bus travel to and from matches.

The services will begin on Tuesday when United take on Southend at 7.45pm.

Six new routes, that will run on Saturdays and for midweek evening games, will include services originating from Banbury, Chipping Norton, Carterton, Wantage, Henley-on-Thames and Thame.

A service to and from Kidlington, which had previously been run by Oxford Bus Company , will also be operated by RH Coaches.

Pick-ups will also be made along all routes, taking in places like Abingdon, Witney, Yarnton, Wallingford, Berinsfield and Wheatley.

Adult returns will start from £5 and season passes covering every United home game are also available. Oxford United supporters are already on board with the new service. George Burke, 15, from Haddenham, said: “I'm overjoyed at the new bus route.

“I will be taking the service from Thame. The reason is that I would usually spend an hour and 45 minutes on two buses to get to the game, whereas now I only have to take one, and it’s quicker, easier and cheaper.”

Owen Clark, the club’s business development manager, said: “We have strong support all over the county and we wanted to ensure our home games are accessible to everyone.

“There is also a discount to be had with the bus service season ticket.

“I would like to thank RH Coaches for agreeing to this fantastic partnership.”

For full prices and timetables visit oufc.co.uk