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Press release   •   Jan 15, 2020 10:38 GMT

Oxford SmartZone has announced that fares for its under-18 1-week passes have been frozen for 2020.

The SmartZone bus companies, comprising of Oxford Bus Company, Stagecoach and Thames Travel, have confirmed the fares for 1, 4, 13 and 52-week tickets will have a minimal increase with effect from 26 January 2020.

The changes include a 50p increase for a 1-week pass, a £2 increase for 4-week pass, a £5 increase for a 13-week pass and a £1 increase for a 12 trip or 5-day pass. An annual season ticket will increase by £20, which continues to represent a significant saving compared to individual tickets.

In a joint statement, the Oxford SmartZone operators, said: “We are committed to delivering our passengers with a great service at an affordable price and it’s great that we’re able to continue to freeze some fares.

“We have maintained significant investment into our fleets and services, including improved technology and timetables for our passengers which combined with the impact of road works, has lead to an increase in our operating costs. While increasing some fares we have strived to ensure they continue to be very good value for money as part of our on-going commitment to ensure bus travel is the most cost-effective way to travel in Oxfordshire.”

Oxford SmartZone is a scheme involving Oxford Bus Company, Stagecoach and Thames Travel offering multi-operator ticketing on bus routes operating mainly in the Oxford City area. 

The Oxford Bus Company has kept the people of Oxford moving since 1881. Our services now span the width and breadth of Oxford and also take passengers to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. In addition, our City Sightseeing Oxford hop-on, hop-off open topped bus company provides enjoyable tours of Oxford. And our sister companies, Thames Travel and Carousel Buses provide convenient travel services across South Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire respectively.