Oxford Open Doors vintage buses in demand

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Long Hanborough-based Oxford Bus Museum took part in the Oxford Open Doors event on Saturday 10 September. The Oxford Preservation Trust has been running the event for 15 years; an annual weekend where places which are not usually open to the public open their doors for free to celebrate heritage and culture across all walks of the city’s life.

Oxford Bus Museum takes part in the event by providing free heritage bus rides around the city, operating a circular route every 20 minutes from 1000 to 1540hrs.

Two City of Oxford Motor Services-livered AEC buses were used, whilst a South Midlands-liveried Ford Transit was parked in the city centre at Bonn Square to provide information about the museum and attract passengers to ride on the free service.

Oxford was synonymous for Ford Transit minibus operation in the wake of bus deregulation, where Thames Transit, which would later take over South Midlands, built up a large feet of them. RICHARD SHARMAN
Park Royal-bodied AEC Regent V 956 was kept busy with full seated loads on many trips. RICHARD SHARMAN