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The Travel and Transport theme promotes public transport and encourages cycling and walking, with more cycleways and footpaths, in order to reduce car dependency.

Travel and transport

An integrated approach to travel can contribute to healthy living, minimise our dependence on cars, and above all reduce carbon emissions. Cycling and walking can also be an efficient way of shopping locally or nearby. Sustainable Blewbury promotes public transport and encourages cycling and walking, with more cycleways and footpaths.

We welcome ideas about how to do this. If you would like to get involved, or just want to be kept informed by email, please contact us.

The Blewbury Energy Initiative has investigated how to minimise carbon dioxide emissions when making journeys. The summary page (outdated; partly updated) has links to a compilation and evaluation of the emissions from different types of transport, as well as a detailed discussion on choosing a low-emission car. There are tips for driving to minimise fuel consumption, and a discussion on the present and future use of alternative road fuels with a separate page on hydrogen and fuel cells.

Car dependency

Living in a village some use of cars is unavoidable, even with good public transport and with more local journeys done on foot or bicycle. In addition to reducing the number of journeys by car, we can try to lower our carbon footprint by encouraging the use of more efficient and cleaner cars, and by reducing how many cars are needed. Possibilities might include ride sharing, shared ownership, or rental schemes. (Photo: typical traffic jam on the nearby A34.)

Blewbury bus  Traffic jam on A34

Bus services from Blewbury

Our bus services are a lifeline for people who can’t get around by car. They are also useful for people who need to commute to work by train but don’t want to pay a lot to park at Didcot, and/or would otherwise have to run a second car in their household. But in 2016 Oxfordshire County Council ended all bus subsidies in the county. After a concerted effort by all the villages dependent on the 94 and 95 bus services, we managed to retain a roughly hourly service to Didcot on weekdays. And in 2018 buses early and late in the day were also cut, though in January 2021 there was a new, improved timetable.

We have been hoping since 2016 for reinstatement of earlier and later 94 weekday buses. It could reduce the carbon footprint of the villages and will give village residents without cars much improved access to both Didcot and the Harwell Campus.

The revised service runs linearly from Didcot through East Hagbourne, Blewbury, Upton, Chilton to Harwell Campus and back again, but unfortunately West Hagbourne’s only stop will be at the Horse and Harrow. A pdf copy of the timetable can be downloaded from the Thames Travel (TT) website at thames-travel.co.uk/routes/94. There will be no changes to the 94S buses on school days.

It is important to remember that in 2016 when Oxfordshire County Council decided to withdraw all funding for local bus services we could have lost all our buses had TT not managed to keep the 94 service running by transferring some pupils that they had previously taken to school on a dedicated coach service onto the 94/94S instead. The requirement to carry school children continues to provide a significant portion of the revenue for the service. This commitment to getting children to and from school on time (using a single bus for both the 94 and 94S route) determines the availability of the single vehicle that provides both the 94 and 94S service.*

It means that the first direct bus to Harwell Campus does not arrive there until 9.32 am. If you need to get to Harwell Campus before then you have to take a bus in the opposite direction to Didcot Parkway and transfer to the X32 service.

* Children from eight villages (Blewbury, Upton, the Hagbournes, Astons and Moretons) are transported to and from St. Birinus and Didcot Girls School on the 94S bus.

Please also try the Friday morning minibus to Wallingford run by the Downland Villages Transport Group (DVTG) – it’s great for doing errands or just having a quick break in Wallingford on market day. If you haven't already signed up or need more information, contact dvtgbus@gmail.com, or ring 01235 851763. You can buy tickets at Blewbury Post Office or Savages.


One of the nicest features of Blewbury is that there are no through roads across the middle, and the lovely paths are often the quickest and most direct way to get to other parts of the village. Externally, Blewbury has a very good network of footpaths leading onto open downland (for example to the Ridgeway) and connecting to all the surrounding villages.

Cob wall and footpath  Cycle routes  Cob walls and footpath
Cycling in Blewbury


Cycling helps to improve fitness and can be an efficient way of shopping. However, Blewbury is not yet on a dedicated cycle route. Together with Blewbury Parish Council we are seeking dedicated cycle routes from the village, especially to Didcot. There is already a cycleway from Upton to Didcot (dotted), and cycling to Didcot takes under half an hour. The map shows one possible future route from Blewbury to Didcot (solid). Visiting a number of shops is quick and easy, and there are no parking problems. For recreation there are a number of quiet local roads towards Wallingford, or head up to the Downs.


Local shops provide a range of goods, and any higher prices are often counteracted by savings in car fuel costs and your time. For recreation, there are many lovely walks, ranging from short to quite long, in all directions from Blewbury. The booklet Walks Around Blewbury, available from the Blewbury Local History Group, gives a selection.


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