Date: 26 March 2020


Changes to Public Bus Network in West Berkshire during COVID-19


West Berkshire Council would like to announce that there is some good news for those with Concessionary Bus Passes. They are now able to be used before 9:30am on all bus services in the area, so that vulnerable people who are not needing to self-isolate, can access essential food shopping. 

Due to the current public health emergency there are a number of changes to the public bus network in West Berkshire. Changes may happen at short notice, so check with operators before you travel.

If you are a key worker and a West Berkshire Council run bus service that you normally use is not running due to suspended services or timetable reductions, please in the first instance try to arrange alternative transport such as a household member giving you a lift or calling a taxi.

If you are still finding it difficult to travel to or from your workplace then contact West Berkshire Council’s Community Support Hub on: westberksbct@westberks.gov.uk or call: 01635 503579 to ask for assistance/advice. We may be able to help.

Unfortunately, these services have had to be suspended until further notice:

  • 5, 5a and 5c from Newbury to downlands villages.
  • 41 serving Newbury, Thatcham, Chapel Row and Theale.
  • 44 serving Thatcham, Brimpton, Tadley, Aldermaston and Beenham.
  • 47 between Lambourn and Swindon.
  • 75 serving Theale, Beenham and Newbury.
  • 154 from Beech Hill to Reading.
  • H1 Hungerford Town Service.

In addition, Going Forward Buses services M1, 133 and 142 (https://www.goingforwardbuses.com/) operating in Pangbourne and Streatley will not be running from the 28 March 2020.

Reading Buses (https://www.reading-buses.co.uk/) are operating on a Saturday timetable on Jet Black 1, Lime 2/a and Reading local services. The Jet Black continues to serve Arlington Business Park.

All other routes are still operating normal school holiday services, including Kennections, Newbury & District (https://www.reading-buses.co.uk/), Stagecoach (https://www.stagecoachbus.com/) and Swindon Bus (https://www.swindonbus.co.uk/).

Thames Travel (https://www.thames-travel.co.uk/) are currently operating normal services, but this may change from 30 March.





Residents and businesses can keep up to date with the latest information, guidance and changes to services on our dedicated Coronavirus web page here: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/coronavirus





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