Oxford Bus Company will be withdrawing the X90 Service from 4th January 2020. The bus service was one of only two direct routes to London, the other being the Oxford Tube.
The company cited ‘falling passenger numbers due to new rail competition and worsening congestion’ as reasons for withdrawing the service, which will affect many students living in
Oxford. According to the company, journey times have worsen by up to 50% in two years and passenger numbers drop by 35% since 2015.
In terms of the workers Oxford Bus Company promises that all X90 drivers will be redeployed to other roles within the business and to keep job loss associated with the withdrawl of the service
to a minimum.
Phil Southall, Oxford Bus Company Managing Director said: “This was a difficult decision that was taken to safeguard the overall sustainability of the company. Unfortunately, the service makes a significant annual loss, which cannot be sustained.”
He expressed his gratitude to X90 staff and acknowledged that “we have many loyal customers who will be inconvenienced”.
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