Launch of all-electric bus fleet to service Oxford passengers

A partnership between Oxfordshire County Council and bus operators has launched what will be one of the biggest UK fleets of electric buses outside London. The £82.5 million project will deliver 159 new battery buses on to the roads of Oxford – the first of which have already gone into service. It has also funded […]

Oxfordshire County Council begins search for highways contractor

Oxfordshire County Council is looking to procure a new highway maintenance contract commencing operational services on 1st April 2025, following a period of mobilisation. The contract will be for an initial 8-year period with the option to extend for up to a maximum of 14 years. The services are the maintenance and improvement of the […]

Significant carbon savings from street lighting achieved in Oxfordshire

Latest reports show Oxfordshire County Council’s street lighting energy consumption has significantly decreased following LED conversion works, delivered by VolkerHighways. The project, which involves converting 34,000 Lanterns to LEDs, along residential and high-speed routes across Oxfordshire roads, is now over 92% complete. To date, from converting almost 32,500 lanterns to LEDs, approximately 4,800 tonnes of […]

New bus services coming to Oxfordshire this month

Bus services are being restored to many Oxfordshire communities who have been without regular public transport since 2016. Following Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet’s decision to allocate £1.2 million to improve rural public and community transport, further new services will be launched this month to connect more villages back to the bus network, market towns and […]

Zero emission zone wins at National Transport Awards show

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council are celebrating after picking up another award for their work on the Oxford zero emission zone (ZEZ) pilot. Last week (5 October), the two councils won the ‘Exemplary Contribution to Net Zero’ award at the 20th UK National Transport Awards show for their collaboration on the Oxford ZEZ. […]

Next steps for east Oxford LTNs

The future of trial measures designed to improve residents’ experience of walking and cycling in east Oxford will be discussed by Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet on 17 October.  County council officers, in their report ahead of the decision meeting, have recommended that the east Oxford low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) stay in place, with changes to […]

Road maintenance carried out in south Oxfordshire using innovative recycling technique

A south Oxfordshire road has being resurfaced using an innovative recycling technique which reuses all of the existing surfacing material and saved hundreds of tonnes of carbon. The technique, known as in-situ cold recycling, also allowed the road to be reopened eight days quicker than by using conventional resurfacing techniques. Oxfordshire County Council carried out […]

Self-driving, full-size single-decker bus starts operation for the first time in Oxfordshire

A new electric, self-driving single-decker bus, operated by First Bus, is carrying passengers in Oxfordshire between Didcot Parkway train station and Milton Park. It follows trials of a self-driving mini-bus around Milton Park, which then expanded to a round trip between the station and the business park, reports the BBC. First Bus said the bus’ radar, LiDAR and […]

Environmentally friendly highway improvements underway on key Oxfordshire road

A section of a key main road through Wantage in Oxfordshire is being improved in a carbon-neutral project using recycled and sustainable materials along with tree and wildflower planting and solar powered traffic signals. Oxfordshire County Council, Milestone Infrastructure and their suppliers are working on a large layby/service road on the A417 Reading Road in […]

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