Friday, 22 May 2020

Corona Virus Update

Following Government advice, we are very sorry to advise we will be cancelling all of our Bus Running Days for the foreseeable future.

We have not made this decision lightly and we are sure you will appreciate the safety and well being of all our passengers which has to be of paramount importance at such an uncertain time.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

The Manx Tale - Saturday 10th October 2020


Owing to to the current situation this trip has been further postponed until Saturday 10th October.

Obviously you will all be aware of why it has been necessary to change the date of this trip, I am very hopeful that by pushing this trip into October we will have come out of the current crisis by then and will be safely able to operate for you.

I hope you will all understand the reasons for having to take this measure, the first time in 11 years of operation that I've had to take this step.

I'm very sorry to any of you who have made arrangements based on the original 28/03 date, most reasonable rail/coach operators should allow you to cancel/amend advance bookings given the extraordinary circumstances and I very much look forward to seeing you all on Saturday 10th October.

I’m very pleased to announce details of a new trip which will take include travel on three different Olympian's none of which are believed to have previously worked on such trips - they most probably have never carried adult passengers on the UK mainland.

This trip will see us visit the fleet of Cheney Coaches, Banbury to ride on their three Northern Counties bodied Leyland Olympian's that were all new to Isle of Man Transport in May 1990.

I have requested the use of the following vehicles subject to availability:

820GXC new as BMN60V and also operated as G803TBD
YSU975 new as BMN61V and also operated as G810TBD
736XUG new as BMN63V and also operated as G814TBD

There is only one pick-up point which is at 10:20am from Banbury railway station adjacent to the main entrance on the town centre side.

Parking is available at the station for £5.50 per day, alternatively unrestricted on-street parking is available a few minutes walk away.

We will endeavour to await the arrival of the 9:40am northbound Chiltern, the 9:55am southbound Cross-Country and 9:57am northbound Cross-Country trains if any of these are late.

Each bus will undertake a leisurely trip around the area, whilst each bus takes a very different route there is no ‘road coverage’ element to this trip.

The first vehicle takes us across to Brackley via Middleton Cheney and then back via a more rural route through Croughton.

The second vehicle takes us up to Southam and then back via roads from very different eras - the ancient Roman Fosse Way and the more modern M40 before dropping us in Banbury town centre for a late lunch break.

The final vehicle runs down to Heyford and the fringes of Bicester before heading back through Aynho and dropping us at the railway station at 16:50 approximately.

Please don’t rely on making trains that leave within a few minutes of our scheduled 16:50 arrival - we will do our best to run on time but cannot be held responsible for missed trains.

During the day we will have a chance to look around the depot to see and photograph the coaches in the fleet and each journey will stop once or twice for a photo of the vehicle.

The fare for this trip is set at £15 for all passengers.

You don't need to pre-book or reserve a seat, simply turn up, join the bus and your friendly conductor will collect your fare during the journey.

There is no requirement to be a member of any particular group or society to join this trip, nor do you require an invitation to join us.

Our trip is a private hire and the operator will NOT be able to answer any questions or enquiries - if you require any further information or you have any questions please e-mail me at chrismartin13601 (at) and I will be happy to help.

We sincerely look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on this trip, please forward this message onto anyone else who you think may be interested and please cut and paste into other news groups or regional social media groups if you think it might interest their members.

Chris Martin