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A new shuttle bus service linking the University’s science area with Harwell Science and Innovation Campus and the Old Road Campus in Headington is to begin in July.

The Science Transit Shuttle service, to be provided by University Bus Ltd (UNO), will enable research staff, students and visitors to move quickly and conveniently between the three sites. Due to launch on 18 July, it will provide a weekday minibus connection every 30 minutes between 7am and 7pm.

The service will initially be open only to University staff and students and staff at Harwell Campus.  A cashless fare will be charged to support the running costs.  Currently funding is only in place for the service to operate for one year; depending on patronage the intention is to explore lower cost options for more flexible routing in the medium-term and to open the service to the public in the long-term so the service can become financially sustainable.  

The service has been developed by the Environmental Sustainability team – working closely with Research Services – in line with the University’s transport strategy, which has identified the need to improve connectivity by sustainable travel across the University estate. 

Details about the service including timetables, stopping points, likely fare and how to access the service will be released in the next few months and a dedicated website for the service will launched in June.  In the meantime, for more information about the service, contact Adam Bows (, Sustainable Transport Manager.