Thames Travel has launched a new service providing a direct link between Great Western Park and Milton Park in Didcot.
The weekday Connector 99 operates every 30min at peak times and every hour off-peak, connecting residents of the Great Western Park to Milton Park, a premium innovation and technology business park which accommodates more than 250 businesses.
Additionally, Thames Travel has increased the frequency of its Connector 98 on Mondays to Saturdays to operate every 15min between Didcot Parkway and Great Western Park. A new Sunday service has also being introduced operating every 30min.
The investment in improved services has included the addition of three new Euro6 Volvo B5TL double-deckers with Wright Gemini 3 bodies . The new services were introduced after Thames Travel responded to passenger feedback and a request from Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire, who developed Great Western Park.
Phil Southall, managing director of Thames Travel (part of Go-Ahead Group’s Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire business), says: “We have listened and responded to customer and partner feedback in relation to services from Didcot. The new Connector 99 service is an important addition as it will directly help residents to get to and from a major employment hub during the working week.
“We have launched this in partnership with Taylor Wimpey and are grateful for its support in helping improve services to and from Great Western Park. It is one of several improvements we are making to Thames Travel services and builds on the success of the recent night-bus timetable that was introduced.”
Mark Edmonds, managing director for Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire, comments: “It’s fantastic to see that Thames Travel is launching a new service between Great Western Park and Milton Park making commuting even easier.
“We would like to say a big thank you to Thames Travel whom we have been working closely with for providing connectivity to Great Western Park. As the development grows this is something that residents have been asking for and it is fantastic to see the service growing.”
Further service improvements include a revised timetable for the Connector X2 with an additional return trip added in the morning peak service to and from Oxford. Plus, refinements to Connector X32 to make journeys between Wantage and Didcot more suitable for school pupils.
The initiative builds on Thames Travel’s strategy to innovate and find ways to develop new services for passengers. Last year Thames Travel launched the River Rapids service between Oxford and Henley to improve services to destination centres for customers seeking days and evenings out. In June this year it launched a weekend night-bus service between Oxford and Didcot, via Abingdon.