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  • Due to the annual running event in Milton Keynes on Sunday 8th March, service 150 will need to divert from first bus through until 1130.

    To MK Rail Station from Saxon Street turn right into Standing Way, past Hospital, left into Marlborough Street, right into Childs Way, left into Enmore Gate, left into Avebury Boulevard, right into Marlborough Gate, left into Midsummer Boulevard, serve stop B4 by Food Centre, right into Secklow Gate, left into Silbury Boulevard, left into Saxon Gate and right into Midsummer Boulevard and as normal to Rail Station. From Rail Station reverse of the outward diversion route back, serving stop B3 in Midsummer Boulevard by the Food Centre, then as reverse of outward back to Standing Way and Saxon Street.

    Thus the main stops at Milton Keynes will not be served, stops B4 and B3 by the Food Centre being used instead.

  • CLOSURE OF HOCKLIFFE STREET, LEIGHTON BUZZARD

    Hockliffe Street in Leighton Buzzard will be closed for gas works between the High Street and Lesons Road from 0800 until 1630 each day from Monday 9th March until Friday 13th March.

    Eastbound services 32/33/34/35 and 150 will need to carry on straight ahead into Lake Street, serving buss top there if required and then turn right [34/5 and 150] into Lesons Road and then to normal route at the next roundabout

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  • Frideswide Square in Oxford, adjacent to the Rail Station, is to undergo a major change of layout and face lift from Monday 16th February, lasting through to December 2015.

     

    To summarise, the traffic lights will be replaced with mini roundabouts, all traffic will pass through the current bus – only area and our bus stops will be moved from the Square into Park End Street.

     

    For now I will deal with the first two phases of work and then update before each new phase commences.

     

    From Monday 16th February for one week, mainly overnight work will occur [overnight = 20:00 start or even 19:00 in some cases!] to remove the current traffic lights and install temporary lights which will be set to the same operational pattern as the current ones, but will have a manual override during the daytime. The traffic islands will be removed and mini roundabouts and the necessary signage constructed. There will be no change to route or stops during this week.

     

    From Monday 23rd February until further notice [“July” is the estimate given] all traffic will be diverted through the current bus only road, the bus stops will be removed and the new roundabouts introduced – one at the junction of Park End Street/Hollybush Row/Frideswide Square, another at the Botley Road/Station access/Frideswide Square junction and a third [not affecting us] at the junction of Hythe Bridge Street/Rewley Road/Frideswide Square. The temporary traffic lights will be switched off but will remain in place in case they need to be used whilst the changes “settle down”.

     

    The 280 will no longer stop in Frideswide Square but will now serve bus stops in Park End Street in both directions. That going to the Rail Station will be permanent and will replace stop E7 outside Las Iguanas as well as the Frideswide Square stop and will be sited immediately before the junction with Hollybush Row. That towards the City Centre will be sited outside Staples Office Supplies building as a temporary measure.

     

    Delays can be expected, especially during the first week or so. Extra time was allowed for in the November timetable change but this was mainly for Headington roadworks [finishing end of April]. There will be further additional time added in from the next timetable change on the 280, provisionally 19th April, which will include a large increase in time in the morning peak.

     

    Further updates as work progresses.

     

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  • As some may be aware, the Westgate Shopping Centre in central Oxford is due a major rebuilding and enlargement programme. To this end, the multi storey and surface car parks closed last month and are to be demolished before the new centre is built.

     

    From Monday 16th February [provisional date], Old Greyfriars Street will be shut for several weeks, thus the 280 will be required to divert towards Oxford Rail Station. Note there is no effect on the route back towards Aylesbury.

     

    A new road is being constructed across the former Westgate surface car park so on leaving Speedwell Street the route will no longer turn sharp right into Old Greyfriars Street but continue straight ahead onto the new section of road and then turn first right into Norfolk Street. At the top of Norfolk Street continue straight ahead into Castle Street and normal line of route.

     

    There are no bus stops affected and there should be little time delay as we will now go around “the other two sides of the square”.

     

    When Old Greyfriars Street re-opens we will return to normal route for a period of time before it is closed again and the soon-to-be diversion via Norfolk Street will become the permanent route. Then later in 2016 when Queen Street is pedestrianized, Norfolk Street will be used in both directions and we will run via the same roads in both directions between the City Centre and Rail Station.

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