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A smarter way to travel
The key is a rechargeable travel smartcard that can save you time, money and hassle on Oxford Bus Company and Thames Travel services.
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Here are a number of advantage to having a key smart card:
- You make big savings on daily or occasional travel.
- You can top-up online or in person at our Gloucester Green travel shop.
- There’s no need to carry cash - just touch and go!
- If you lose your key, we can block anyone else from using your travel and issue a replacement smartcard.
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If you have a group wanting to use our services to travel, the most convenient way to order is in advance by e-mailing with your request to us at [email protected] We will then provide a quote, take payment and prepare your passes for collection.
Most of our bulk orders are fulfilled using our key smartcard, which offers 1, 4, 13, 52 week durations which can make up any number of weeks (eg. 2, 3, 5, 6 weeks and so forth). You can ask your group to register for cards to be posted out via our online website at oxfordkey.co.uk (with either their own UK address or the company postal address you'd like them sent to) or e-mail us with the list at [email protected]
Single trips and day passes
We do also offer day passes in the form of scratchcards, as well as Heathrow and Gatwick airports single, day/next day returns and period returns by way of travel vouchers. You can order these online here or by e-mailing us at [email protected]
Beat the queues
Smartcards can take around ten minutes each to register and print, so we encourage groups of passengers, to apply through the aforementioned channels to avoid queuing at our travel shop.
AUTOpay is the hassle free way of keeping your 'key' smartcard topped via monthly payments.
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How it works
AUTOpay is set up as a recurring monthly payment from your credit or debit card via a continuous authority payment.
You can check your next payment date at any time and if you no longer need the product, cancelling is simply a button click away.
You can currently top up cityzone and park&ride monthly passes with the AUTOpay system.
- park&ride per month with AUTOpay - £43 Adult
- cityzone per month with AUTOpay - £50.50 Adult / £37.75 18 and under
- Hassle free bus travel in Oxford. No need to top your key up at our travel shop or online every month.
- Your key is always ready! AUTOpay eliminates the wait for products to activate on your card.
- Get 29 days free every year. As you pay for a month, rather than 4 weeks, you get 29 days free over the period of a year.
Switching to AUTOpay is simple:
1) Log into your account at oxfordkey.co.uk
2) Once you have logged in, select 'Buy new travel products'.
3) On the next page select and purchase either a cityzone or park&ride 'Pay Monthly' product from the drop down menu.
Lee Johnson praises Sunderland's academy
The eventual 1-1 draw was achieved with a lack of senior options for Johnson to call on and the Sunderland bench was largely made up of rising talents.
Anthony Patterson, Elliot Embleton, Ollie Younger, Tyrese Dyce, Benji Kimpioka and Zak Johnson joined the more experienced Aiden O’Brien on the list of substitutes. Dan Neil started in midfield.
It is an encouraging sign for Sunderland’s academy, which has seen a number of gifted young players leave for higher-ranked teams in recent years.
Johnson said: “We are a club who have set our stall out to bring young players through. There’s been some outstanding performances this year, and at times the young lads have carried us because of the injuries to our senior players.
“That’s huge credit to the lads first and foremost. It has been a tricky period for the academy, a lot who would have featured at this time have been and gone but now we find ourselves supplementing the first team squad and we have to break through good young players.”
As well as the youngsters emerging from the academy system, Sunderland have also taken a decision to sign youth.
Callum Doyle, Nathan Broadhead and Leon Dajaku were all starters against Oxford and they have all impressed since arriving on loan from their respective clubs.
Dajaku, in particular, shone for much of the game against Oxford. Despite being asked to play as a wing-back initially he looked dangerous, worked hard and took his goal really well.
Johnson moved the German, on loan from Union Berlin, in the second half because of a change of shape and he will be weighing up what system to play against Morecambe tomorrow night.
Oxford Bus Company increase airline services to Heathrow Airport
The Oxford Bus Company has announced it will increase the frequency of its Airline coach service to Heathrow Airport from next Monday.
It coincides with the news of the UK’s travel green list and the anticipated increase in air travel. Initially this will be focused on domestic flights and a small number of overseas destinations. Services between Oxford and Heathrow Airport will operate hourly daily from 17 May.
The service connects Oxford with Lewknor, High Wycombe and Heathrow Airport. The Airline service to Gatwick remains suspended. However, it is expected the service will return later this summer, as international travel continues to expand.
Phil Southall, Oxford Bus Company Managing Director (pictured above), said: “This is another positive development and our first step in supporting people wishing to take international or domestic flights.
"Our Airline service is a key part of connectivity to Heathrow Airport and we look forward to welcoming back some of our of customers. We are in continued talks with our airport partners and are confident of re-introducing the Gatwick service as the number of countries on the green list grows.”
Customers are asked to check the website for full details of the timetable and to pay for tickets using contactless payments or the app. Enhanced cleaning regimes on all vehicles are being maintained and carefully monitored. With social distancing measures also reduced by government the capacity of Airline coaches will be close to normal for customers.
The Airline Flyer ticket which provides one ticket for an entire local bus and coach journey to and from Heathrow Airport also remains available. The ticket is designed to encourage passengers to take a bus to connect to the Airline coach service. It means when passengers buy an Airline Flyer ticket their local bus journey on an Oxford Bus Company or Thames Travel bus is free. It applies to single, day, next day return or period return Airline coach tickets.
Coaches include at seat trays to accommodate laptops and tablets, plus USB charging points and power-sockets. There are also monitors on-board, with sat-nav displays to enable passengers to check progress on their journey, just as they would when on an aeroplane. The coaches also boast free Wi-Fi, wheel-chair access and much improved luggage capacity for passengers’ suitcases and bags.
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Mossad recruited a team of Iranian nuclear scientists to carry out a covert operation which blew up one of the regime’s most secure nuclear facilities earlier this year, the JC can reveal.
Up to 10 scientists were approached by Israeli agents and agreed to destroy the underground A1000 centrifuge hall at Natanz in April, though they believed that they were working for international dissident groups.
Some of the explosives they used were dropped into the compound by a drone and quietly collected by the scientists, while others were smuggled into the high security facility hidden in boxes of food on a catering lorry. The ensuing destruction caused chaos in the highest echelons of the Iranian leadership. It demolished 90 per cent of the centrifuges at the nuclear plant, delaying progress towards a bomb and putting the key complex out of action for up to nine months.
The new details are among astonishing secrets of three connected Mossad operations that took place over an 11-month period of sabotage in Iran. The first two, in July 2020 and April 2021, targeted the complex in Natanz using explosives, while he third, in June this year, took the form of a quadcopter assault on the Iran Centrifuge Technology Company (TESA), in the city of Karaj, 30 miles northwest of Tehran. The full details are published for the first time by the JC today.
Other revelations include:
- Mossad spies hid explosives in building materials used to construct the Natanz centrifuge hall as long ago as 2019, then triggered them in 2020:
- Agents sneaked an armed quadcopter, weighing the same as a motorbike, into Iran piece by piece, and used it to launch missiles at the TESA site in Karaj in June:
- The three operations were planned together over an 18-month period by a team of 1,000 technicians, analysts and spies, as well as scores of agents on the ground:
- The three-part assault on Iranian nuclear infrastructure was carried out by Mossad acting alone – known in Israeli intelligence circles as a ‘blue-and-white operation’ – and not jointly with the United States, dubbed ‘blue-white-and-red’.
It comes amid mounting anxiety that Tehran is cynically playing for time as it resumes negotiations in Vienna while pressing ahead with building a nuclear weapon.
In recent weeks, Israel has shared intelligence with Western allies suggesting that Iran is preparing to enrich uranium to 90 per cent purity, the level required to produce a nuclear bomb, Axios reported.
This raises the spectre of a major Israeli air assault on Tehran’s nuclear plants, should both negotiations and sabotage prove insufficient to halt the programme.
This week, the JC has reported that Israel is embarking on a new policy of launching covert attacks on Iranian soil in retaliation for its meddling in the region, meaning that further undercover operations are in the pipeline.
The team of scientists carried out the sabotage in April this year, while the nuclear negotiations with the West were underway in Vienna.
The measures were needed in order to access the underground A1000 centrifuge hall at Natanz, which housed up to 5,000 centrifuges and is protected from air assault by 40 feet of concrete and iron.
Hours after Iran declared that it had begun to use advanced IR-5 and IR-6 centrifuges at the site, in blatant breach of the 2015 nuclear deal, the bombs were remotely set off.
The blast destroyed the independent and highly secure internal power system that supplied the centrifuges.
It caused a power blackout in the heavily fortified complex.
“The scientists’ motivations were all different,” a source said. “Mossad found out what they deeply wanted in their lives and offered it to them.
“There was an inner circle of scientists who knew more about the operation, and an outer circle who helped out but had less information.”
After the explosion, the scientists responsible were spirited away to a safe location. The source added: “All of them are very safe today.”
Iran named a suspect – 43-year-old Reza Karimi – and claimed to have issued an Interpol ‘red notice’ for his arrest. So far he has not been found.
The explosion left a crater so large that one Iranian official fell into it while examining the damage, injuring his head, leg, arm and back.
Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, the head of the Iranian parliament’s energy committee, grudgingly acknowledged to Iranian state television after the attack that the plan was “rather beautiful”.
This was the second of a three-part Mossad operation targeting Iran’s ‘fissile material project’, which is the industrial process of enriching uranium to weapons-grade levels.
The first attack had come on 2 July 2020, with a mysterious explosion inside the Iran Centre for Advanced Centrifuges (ICAC) warehouse at Natanz, central Iran, a key hub in Tehran’s network of nuclear plants dotted around the country.
The orchestration of the blast was audacious. A year earlier, Israeli spies posing as construction wholesalers had sold Iranian officials building materials to be used in the centrifuge hall.
Unbeknownst to the Iranians, the materials had been filled with Mossad explosives. They were built into the hall and remained in place all year. Then, when the time was right, Israel’s spymasters had pushed the button.
Mossad’s brains behind this attack – whom we are not naming – also led a similar operation in the early Nineties, the JC has learnt, in which a desk filled with listening devices was sold to Mahmoud Abbas’ PLO office in Tunisia, providing the Israelis with a stream of audio intelligence.
“The Iranians have always known that Israel has infiltrated their supply chains, but they are powerless to do anything about it,” a source told the JC.
The warehouse had been used to precisely calibrate centrifuges, a vital part of a complex process of producing a nuclear weapon.
The blast caused major damage, destroying a significant quantity of hardware and dramatically degrading the country’s nuclear programme. According to Iranian reports, nobody was injured.
The third and final act in the three-part drama came in June this year. Mossad’s attention now turned to the production of the centrifuges themselves, in order to delay the replacement of the equipment it had damaged in the first two attacks.
Over the preceding weeks, an armed quadcopter drone, weighing the same as a motorcycle, had been smuggled into the country piece by piece by agents.
The target was the TESA complex in Karaj, the most important factory to build the centrifuges – including advanced centrifuges – for the enrichment plants.
On June 23, from a location 10 miles away from the TESA factory, a joint Iranian and Israeli team launched the drone, flew it towards the facility and fired, partly destroying it.
The drone was then piloted back to the team on the ground, who spirited it away to be used again.
The revelations underline Israel’s capacity for striking at the heart of the Iranian regime’s most secret and strongly fortified sites, bolstering the Jewish state’s insistence that if necessary, it will take unilateral military action to prevent the theocracy from achieving a bomb.
Richard Pater, Executive Director of Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (Bicom), said: “Unlike in the previous rounds of talks, Britain is currently holding the strongest line. This is very much appreciated by Israel, as there is a sense that the Americans are so desperate to return to the deal that they would be too soft.
“However, it is quite clear that Britain and the rest of the international community still sees negotiation as the most effective track to rein in Iranian ambitions.
“Israel is not convinced that this will be enough, and also doubt that more problematic partners, like Russia and China, will be able to hold same line.
“Therefore, the credibility of the threat from Israel needs to be enhanced, reiterated and reimposed, as part of a dual effort to put real pressure on Iranians.
“In terms of geopolitics, that is the message that these operations are sending to the international community.”