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This week on the Oxford & Chilterns Bus Page
Malcolm send his thanks to all contributors who have contributed to a bumper page again this week You can view the latest page here: Weekly Briefing nr 128 dated October 30th 2020
In this week’s issue…..
Oxford goes into Tier 2 restrictions from Saturday, October31st
Manchester magic bus in service in Swindon
Stagecoach switches off wi-fi on many services
Memories from Times Past by Michael Wadman
Marshalls Coaches Neoplan
A day out with Andrew Webb in Staines and Slough featuring the electric bus in Slough
Paul Bateson records buses from City of Oxford & Thames Valley abroad
…..plus all the local news and some pictures of other operators.
Please note that future announcements on new issues of The Oxford & Chilterns Bus Page will be given in the next available edition of our ‘Fleet Digest’ once the updated page goes online but don’t forget that you can check out the Oxford & Chilterns Bus Page at any time by visiting
Without much warning Stagecoach UK switched off the WiFi on most of its buses from 26th October 2020.
In defending the move the company said: “We are temporarily switching off Wi-Fi on many of our buses. Like many organisations, we’re reviewing all aspects of our operation as we continue through the Covid-19 pandemic with a focus to make sure we can continue running safe and reliable services for you.
“We’ve found that most customers are not using the bus WiFi, especially on shorter local bus journeys.
“On bus WiFi costs a significant amount to run, and so as most people are not using it we’ve temporarily turned off access to on bus WiFi.
There are some exceptions and WiFi will continue to be available on buses used on the following services:
Cambridge Park and Ride
Stagecoach East Scotland
Edinburgh Airport - 747
Stagecoach East Midlands
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire
Liverpool - all routes (except service 22 Chester - West Kirby)
Preston - X2 Preston - Southport - Liverpool
Chester - Chester Park & Ride services
Stagecoach North East
Tees Valley - Tees Flex
Brackley - Bicester - 505
Winchester Park & Ride
Guildford - 1 & 2
Stagecoach South East
Canterbury Park & Ride
Canterbury - Unibuses
Stagecoach South Wales
Traws Cymru - T4 , T14 , X4
Stagecoach South West
Stagecoach West Scotland
Kilmarnock - 1, 11, X76
Ayr - X77
Dumfries - X74
Ardrossan - 11, X36/X34
Cumbernauld - X25/X28, X19.