Zero emissions bus 09/03/2020 Picture by Ed Nix

Oxford open-top tours back in business

Go-Ahead Group’s City Sightseeing Oxford open-top tour will return into service in Oxford tomorrow. Sister company Go North East says it will operate its open-top double-deckers on selected public services on sunny days.


The Oxford tour will operate a special timetable operating at least every 20min on a hop-on/hop-off basis during this summer and tickets purchased online will be valid for 12 months.


The Oxford Bus Company has implemented an enhanced cleaning regime across its fleet. In addition to a thorough clean overnight, all tour buses will be taken out of service at the end of every trip for additional cleaning of touch points and commentary units.


Drivers and walking tour guides will be provided with personal pr=otection equipment, and face coverings will be made available to passengers to wear while on-board, if required. Numbers on walking tours will be limited to 10 per tour and only one group at a time will be permitted to climb the Carfax Tower. Live commentary will not be available on the bus tour in line with current government guidelines, but recorded commentary is available in 15 languages.


VisitEngland has awarded City Sightseeing Oxford a Good to Go accreditation in recognition of the enhanced hygiene regimes in place to ensure visitor safety.


Jane Marshall, general manager of City Sightseeing Oxford, says: “We’re looking forward to returning to service and welcoming visitors to our wonderful city. The visitor economy has been severely impacted by Covid-19 and it is great to now see more and more tourist attractions and associated businesses re-opening and welcoming visitors. We have introduced a comprehensive hygiene system and we are safe and ready for when tourists wish to enjoy a tour of Oxford.”


Go North East plans to operate its open-top double-deckers on its Angel 21, Fab 56 and Cobalt & Coast 309, 310 and 311 services on hot days throughout the school summer holidays. Standard fares and normal ticket arrangements apply. Subject to the vehicles’ availability, they will run on set journeys.


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