The development, called Rougemont Park, should have been added to the mixing bowl.
Showing circular services on a standard printed timetable can be difficult, but Stagecoach do, helpfully, show that most journeys shown as terminating at Digby (the anti-clockwise I is shown below) ...
fbb has not seen a printed leaflet, but hopes that a route map or simple diagram is included to unbaffle those, like fbb, who are new to "the system".
"Yikes" Said The Senior Bus Executive ...
... when fbb passed on the news that GoAhead Oxford Bus was withdrawing its X90 London Express service from January 2020.
In its announcement the GoAhead company, now going less ahead on this route, blames serveral problems.
Since October 2016 when Oxford Parkway Rail Station and the new rail line to London Marylebone opened, falling passenger numbers due to the new rail competition and worsening congestion have made the continued operation of the X90 service increasingly challenging. This unfortunate mix of factors include bus speeds falling by 8% on the London road corridor in two years and passenger numbers on the service falling by 35% since 2015.
Whilst we have introduced several measures to adapt to the above challenges, it is with regret that it is no longer viable to operate the X90 service.
The service now makes a significant loss each year, which cannot be sustained by the Oxford Bus Company. We have tried to develop a niche for the service by offering a high-quality service at more affordable fares to better compete in the market, but this has not been successful. Therefore today, with great regret we are announcing that the service will cease operating after service on 4th January 2020.
No blame for Brexit?
There is no direct mention of Stagecoach, but you would have to ask where their service is making any money either. Or have Uncle Brian's lads and lasses offered something a little bit extra to snaffle more of the market?
GoAhead will still run every 30 minutes Oxford to Heathrow and evey hour Oxford to Gatwick ...
... but here they have no competition from St*g*c**ch!
But from next year a certain bearded bus boss will be chortling with glee as he sees his revenues rise!