The Stagecoach-operated London to Oxford coach service, the Oxford Tube, celebrated its 25th birthday on Wednesday (March 7) by offering anyone who shared their birthday a free return ticket. Passengers simply needed to show ID displaying their date of birth to travel.
From humble beginnings, Oxford Tube has grown over the last 25 years and now boasts a fleet of 87-seater double decker coaches, which make 80 trips a day, every 10 minutes, providing a 24-hour service.
Furthermore, Oxford Tube passengers were offered birthday cake on their way into London.
Martin Sutton, managing director of Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating 25 years. The success of the Oxford Tube is due to all the drivers and the support team who keep the service running day after day. Only through their hard work and dedication have we been able to build the Oxford Tube into the star it is today. I would also like to personally thank all our loyal customers for their support over the years.”
To mark the anniversary, Malcolm Crowe has written a book entitled ‘The Oxford Tube, an illustrated history’. The hardback, which covers the entire history of the Oxford Tube, was launched at the Oxford Bus Museum on Sunday (March 11).