Supported Transport (subsidised buses & Dial-A-Ride)



Visit our new web page for a list of bus routes affected by the removal of  subsidies and information from bus operators about their intentions for these routes.

Date change

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet met on 15 March and approved the plan to end all bus subsidies on 20 July 2016.

This date has been chosen to ensure bus services remain in place in their current format until the end of the 2015/16 school year.

Usage data

The county council has responded to requests made for usage data.

The council previously made available the limited data it had used to test the methodology.  However it has become apparent there is more usage data available.  It is not considered that this information changes the methodology, or the decision made by Cabinet and full council.

Nonetheless the county council considered it important that members of the public have a chance to review and comment on the new data.  The information is on this web page

Background information

On 10 November 2015, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet met to consider public feedback to the subsidised bus and Dial-a-Ride services proposals that were put forward in a consultation held between 19 June and 15 September, and to then make a decision about how to make the savings needed from these services. 

Cabinet took the decision that the council withdraw subsidies paid to run 118 subsidised bus routes in Oxfordshire. This decision was approved at the full council’s overall budget setting meeting on 16 February 2016.

It is important to note that the withdrawal of an Oxfordshire County Council bus subsidy does not necessarily mean that the service will be cancelled (or subsidised portion of the service). The operator may decide to continue running it without any county council subsidy or another operator may step in and take it on.

The county council is in discussions with operators and will work with them to try to maintain or commercialise services wherever possible when subsidies are withdrawn.


A further decision was taken to cease funding the Dial a Ride service as of April 2016. The Council is working work with community transport groups across the county to try and develop schemes which can meet similar needs to those which Dial-a-Ride currently serves.



Public Consultation Report (November 2015)

PLEASE NOTE: Documents listed below relate to the 'Subsidised buses and Dial-a-Ride consultation' that closed in September 2015.



This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    19 Jun 2015 at 10:00
  • Closed
    15 Sep 2015 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    02 Nov 2015

Consultation Documents


Contact Name Supported Transport (subsidised buses and Dial-A-Ride) consultation
Contact Email Address
Contact Phone Number 01865 883488
Contact Postal Address Supported Transport Consultation
(no further address details required)

Consultation Topic
  • Roads & transport
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Children
  • Young people
  • Families and parents
  • Older people
  • Carers
  • Black and minority ethnic people
  • People with a learning disability
  • People with a physical disability
  • People with a sensory disability
  • People with mental health issues
  • Councillors
  • Businesses
  • Public sector organisations
  • Schools
  • Voluntary organisations and community groups
  • Staff
Geographical Area
  • Banbury
  • Bicester
  • Kidlington and Yarnton
  • Oxford City
  • Benson, Berinsfield and Wallingford
  • Chalgrove, Thame Watlington and Wheatley
  • Goring and Henley
  • Didcot
  • Abingdon
  • Faringdon
  • Grove and Wantage
  • Burford and Carterton
  • Charlbury, Chipping Norton and Woodstock
  • Witney