Fans on board for the new season

Dilwyn Roberts from RH Coaches and U’s business development manager Owen Clark

Dilwyn Roberts from RH Coaches and U’s business development manager Owen Clark

First published in News

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

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3:04pm Sat 18 Aug 12

Phian says...

Great idea, very enterprising of RH coaches - good luck to them and the Us.
Great idea, very enterprising of RH coaches - good luck to them and the Us. Phian
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12:59am Sun 19 Aug 12

Whopper w/o Pickle Cornmarket St says...

Phian wrote:
Great idea, very enterprising of RH coaches - good luck to them and the Us.
I agree it is a great idea for the footy only fans but not for the have a night out in Oxford after the game lot. And starting at a fiver return, after fuel, drivers wages, and all the other costs it is hardly worth it as a profitable business move. Banbury will be nearer £10 a pop which makes the train a cheaper option and you can still get home after a night out in Oxford. AS a serious footy fan myself I never want to just go to the ground and then go home. It is all about the whole day. But good luck to them it will attract the kids.
[quote][p][bold]Phian[/bold] wrote: Great idea, very enterprising of RH coaches - good luck to them and the Us.[/p][/quote]I agree it is a great idea for the footy only fans but not for the have a night out in Oxford after the game lot. And starting at a fiver return, after fuel, drivers wages, and all the other costs it is hardly worth it as a profitable business move. Banbury will be nearer £10 a pop which makes the train a cheaper option and you can still get home after a night out in Oxford. AS a serious footy fan myself I never want to just go to the ground and then go home. It is all about the whole day. But good luck to them it will attract the kids. Whopper w/o Pickle Cornmarket St
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10:59am Sun 19 Aug 12

Myron Blatz says...

RH buses not exactly 'high tech' from the ones I have used - but anyone who tries to break the duopoly of Stagecoach and Go-Ahead (Oxford Bus and Thames Travel) in Oxfordshire can only be good news for bus users and footie fans alike. Thinking of which, maybe RH could take over the Stagecoach #17 service via Jericho - was hourly, but now officially almost 20 minutes later, and slipping!
RH buses not exactly 'high tech' from the ones I have used - but anyone who tries to break the duopoly of Stagecoach and Go-Ahead (Oxford Bus and Thames Travel) in Oxfordshire can only be good news for bus users and footie fans alike. Thinking of which, maybe RH could take over the Stagecoach #17 service via Jericho - was hourly, but now officially almost 20 minutes later, and slipping! Myron Blatz
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