Phil Southall

Managing Director


Phil is the Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company and sister companies Thames Travel, Carousel Buses and City Sightseeing Oxford – all subsidiaries of Go-Ahead Group PLC.

He has worked in the transport industry for over 20 years in a variety of operational, commercial and service delivery roles.

Phil believes that tourism is key to the success of Oxfordshire and Oxford Bus Company was the founder ambassador company for Experience Oxfordshire. He strongly believes that partnership working across the business community is the best way to support the growth of Oxfordshire in the coming years.



Bus operators increase on-board capacity to welcome passengers back

Leading Oxfordshire bus operators have increased on-board capacity of vehicles following the government’s easing of social distancing rules. Capacities on all Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel and City Sightseeing Oxford services have increased. All forward facing seating will now be available for passengers, meaning as demand for travel increases buses will be able to transport […]

Imagine Oxford without Park&Ride

Oxford has had Park&Ride since 1973 when the Redbridge site opened. Let’s remember why the concept was created back then. There were controversial proposals to build a road across Christchurch Meadow to resolve the City’s congestion problems and it was accepted that a ‘better way’ of managing transport demand had to be found.

Building back better transport for Oxford

On this edition of The Business Brunch, we are joined by guests Hayley Beer-Gamage, Chief Executive of Experience Oxfordshire, Dave Harrison, Senior Public Transport Planner from Oxfordshire County Council, Phil Southall, Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company and Andy Morison Head of Customer Experience at Oxford Bus Company as they talk about how public transport has been affected, how it’s had to adapt to a pandemic world and what we need to do to attract the local and wider population back to Oxford.

Oxford Bus Company COVID-19 special

I’m writing to you during these unprecedented times to let you know that our three main priorities are to safeguard the health & wellbeing of our colleagues and customers; to play our role in society during these challenging times; and to safeguard the future of our company.

PickMeUp Goes Live

Passengers in the “Eastern Arc” of Oxford can summon minibuses to pick them up on a street corner of their choice, thanks to a ground-breaking on-demand ride-sharing service launched by The Oxford Bus Company.