Changes to the 40 bus

Published: 30 June 2022


I am writing to inform you of bus service changes in your area from Sunday 24 July 2022.

Due to a reduction in patronage following the pandemic, Carousel Buses informed the Council of their intention to withdraw service 40 (Thame – High Wycombe) from the above date. Following discussions with council officers, Red Rose Travel have agreed to provide a replacement commercial service on this route.

Whilst the Monday to Saturday daytime frequency is the same, there are changes to times throughout and regretfully due to particularly low patronage this route will no longer serve Towersey.

Due to significantly increased costs, the evening and Sunday service on this route (which is funded by both Oxfordshire County Council and Buckinghamshire Council) has had to be reduced. On Monday to Saturday evenings, journeys will now depart from Thame at 2010 and from High Wycombe at 1910 and 2110. There will be four through journeys on Sundays fitted around main shopping hours in High Wycombe, with an additional journey in each direction between Stokenchurch and Thame – use of these particular journeys will be kept under review.

Intalink Explorer day tickets, which allow through travel between service 40 and services X20/280 to Oxford and/or Aylesbury (as well as on many other services in Buckinghamshire), are issued/accepted on this service and are priced at £9 for adults, £5 for children and £17 for a group of up to four people.

I have attached a copy of the new timetable. Where relevant I would encourage you to promote the service within your local communities to ensure its longer-term viability.