Oxford Tube announces details of new fleet of coaches
01 Jul 2014
• Investment of over £10 million on 26 new coaches
• New features including glass roof and additional leg room
• Enhanced free 4G WiFi and announcement audio-visual system on board
• Euro 6 engines and B30 bio fuel reducing emissions
• Competition launched to win a trip to London for afternoon tea
Oxford Tube yesterday (30 June) revealed that its new fleet of vehicles will have glass roofs and deliver improved passenger comfort.
The £10 million investment is the largest ever investment into new coaches for the Oxford to London route.
To mark the arrival of the first of the fleet of 26 specially designed coaches, Stagecoach has launched a Twitter competition involving a plane that travelled through the skies above Oxford.
The new and improved Oxford Tube vehicles boast a glass roof which allows greater use of natural light. The Astromega double deck coaches will also deliver increased legroom in the majority of seats as well as high-speed 4G WiFii to keep passengers connected while travelling.
On Wednesday 16 July, the first of the 26 new coaches will go into service. This will be shortly followed by the remainder of the new fleet which will travel between Oxford and London, up to every ten minutes, 24 hours a day.
Specially designed and manufactured by Van Hool in Belgium the new coaches offer wifi and 4G free of charge allowing customers to check their email and go online whilst on route to their destination.
In additional, a new, larger luggage rack has also been fitted to the lower deck area to enable passengers to take aboard larger carry-on items and a new automated audio- visual communication system will offer clear arrival and departure information.
The new coaches will have Euro 6 engines which will make them amongst the cleanest vehicles available. They will also run on B30 fuel - a mix of 30 % biofuel and 70 per cent standard diesel.
To promote the new vehicles, a specially commissioned by-plane flew through the skies of Oxford today trailing a message to the people below. The aerial banner that read ‘#CoachWithAView 16Jul’ was designed to encourage the public to take part in a Twitter competition by tweeting the hashtag.
Entrants are being asked to send a tweet which reads ‘@Oxford_Tube #CoachWithAView’ - all tweets will be placed into a draw on 1st July with 20 people winning a pair of tickets for the ‘afternoon tea journey’ to London on the 16th July with afternoon tea in a London hotel.
Managing Director for the Oxford Tube, Martin Sutton said, “We are delighted to be-able to introduce this brand new, £10million fleet to passengers of the Oxford Tube. The glass roofs and extra leg room will help provide a unique travelling experience whilst the introduction of faster more reliable WiFi facilities will help our customers to pass the time en route to their destinations. The coaches produce fewer emissions and are now one of the greenest ways to travel between Oxford and London”.