Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Minibus replaces axed service

A NEW bus service serving Watlington has been launched.

A NEW bus service serving Watlington has been launched.

The Comet minibus, which has been provided by Oxfordshire County Council, runs from Chalgrove to Thame on Tuesday mornings with a return trip in the afternoon.

The service also calls at Cuxham, Shirburn, Lewknor and Postcombe.

It replaces the 124 service that stopped running in July after the council scrapped its bus subsidies to save money. It is part-subsidised by Watlington Parish Council. Passengers pay a return fare of £2.50 and must buy a ticket in advance. These are available from Watlington parish office, the Leathern Bottle in Lewknor at lunchtime and evenings and Watlington post office.

Watlington was served by four bus services but three of these were discontinued when the subsidies were axed in July. These were the 125 to Wallingford and the M1 to Reading as well as the 124.

The remaining service, the T1, is an hourly service to Oxford which is operated by Thames Transport.

The Comet service uses the vehicles that take children to school and adults to day care centres in the mornings.

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