Go-Ahead owned Oxford Bus Company has announced that its long-established X90 coach service between Oxford and London Victoria will be withdrawn after service on Saturday 4th January 2020. The operator cites falling patronage due to improved rail links between the two cities, including the new Chiltern Railways services which commenced in December 2016, and worsening traffic congestion. The service now makes a considerable loss which is no longer sustainable.
Pro-rata refunds will be arranged for holders of season tickets with expiry dates beyond 4th January, and for unused journeys on 12-trip tickets. Refunds will be available from 2nd January.
Oxford Bus Company's Airline routes between Oxford and Heathrow/Gatwick Airports are not affected by the announcement and will continue to operate. Stagecoach will also continue to provide a coach service between Oxford and London Victoria on its 24-hour Oxford Tube route, which even has journeys on Christmas Day.
The X90 has its roots in the motor coach services that were established in the early 1920s along the old A40 road between Oxford and London. Motorway express journeys, taking advantage of the newly-constructed M40 motorway, first appeared over 40 years ago; initially these were operated as timetabled relief journeys but they quickly proved popular and the motorway express became a regular-interval service.
Heathrow Airport seems to have a new-found love of supporting bus links, they have been working with Reading Transport Ltd. lately to support and develop route 10 from Dedworth and Windsor, and also the new 459 for the Langley/Iver area.