Oxford Schools' Bus Partnership (OSBP) comprises five Oxford city centre schools working together to provide safe and efficient transport for pupils attending the member schools.
Pupils from each of the OSBP schools are able to travel on the OSBP network. We would recommend that children from the school age of Year Three and above are most eligible for independent travel.
OSBP was set up in order to:
- Encourage greener, more environmentally-friendly travel for journeys to school: The schools are fulfilling their commitment to making Oxford a greener environment by acting to cut the number of cars coming into the city. This is in line with objectives of both the City and County Councils. OSBP vehicles must meet the Euro V Engine Emission standard, as a minimum.
- Guarantee a reliable school bus network for parents of participating schools, that is secure and lasting: Over the years, school transport provision has been variable, ranging from well-managed parent-led/operator routes to services run by companies who have gone out of business mid-way through the school year. This naturally caused stress and uncertainty among parents. OSBP wanted to ensure that a stable network was available that did not have the uncertainties associated with the previous services.
- Ensure that there are high standards of safety for children on-board and full compliance to industry standards and policies: Annual external audits are undertaken on behalf of OSBP to ensure vehicle maintenance compliance of all operators.
- Ensure that younger children are escorted safely between OSBP’s schools and bus services: Provision of real-time vehicle tracking on OSBP services enables schools to keep younger children safely inside school until the bus arrives.
- Enable parents/ carers to adjust plans accordingly should there be delays to services as a result of congestion/ roadworks: OSBP has responded to requests from parents for vehicle-tracking on OSBP services. Parents and schools are able to see the real-time location of vehicles via a mobile phone App or web browser.
- Ensure the routes have financial stability: The OSBP service is an entirely not-for-profit initiative which provides a secure bus service provision guaranteed by the partnership schools.
- Ensure a fair system of zonal fares and routes that serve all schools: Historically, there has been significant discrepancy in fare levels across routes. As passenger numbers using OSBP services increase, benefits and efficiencies will be passed on to parents where possible.
- Enable schools to respond to demand from parents: Schools previously had little influence over geographical areas served by buses. We are now able to work in partnership with OSBP’s operators and have direct influence over bus routes and stops. We invite parents to provide feedback on future areas that they would like OSBP to serve.