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Special Platinum Jubilee bus travel in West Berkshire

Bus users in West Berkshire will have even more reason to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this June with free bus travel across the district.

Posted by: Communications team on 19 May 2022 18:01
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Following on from the successful free bus travel offered last year for Christmas and the recent Easter weekend, most bus journeys starting in West Berkshire over Jubilee weekend (2-5 June 2022) will be completely free!

Travellers can take advantage of this to celebrate this very special milestone to attend Jubilee events across West Berkshire, to meet up with friends and family, or attend events in towns and villages across the district.

This initiative has been developed by West Berkshire Council in partnership with Reading Buses and Thames Travel, and will be valid on any Reading Buses, Newbury & District, and Thames Travel services within West Berkshire. The full list of valid routes can be found on the Council website: https://www.westberks.gov.uk/transportchanges.

If you board the bus outside West Berkshire you will still need to pay for the ticket or use a valid concessionary bus pass.

To make it even easier to travel by bus this Jubilee weekend, services in the Newbury and Thatcham area will also operate on both 2 and 3 June 2022, as well as Saturday. These additional services will be provided on routes 1a, 1c, 2, 8 and 9 with a Saturday timetable. On 2 and 3 June 2022 the 4 and 6 services will operate a special holiday timetable of two round trips in the morning and afternoon for those wishing to travel in either direction.

Public Holiday services will operate on routes Jet Black 1, Lime 2/a, 15, 16, 26 and 33 on 2, 3 and 5 June 2022.

Saturday services on routes 3, 4, 6, and Thames Travel 143 will be free within West Berkshire on 4 June 2022.

Robert Williams, CEO of Reading Buses and Newbury & District, said:

"We are delighted that the Council are helping to highlight the great service our team provides to many residents of West Berkshire and the really important role the bus network plays in supporting the local economy and environment. What better way to give our services a try as part of the Jubilee celebrations?"

Cllr Richard Somner, Executive Member for Planning, Transport and Countryside at West Berkshire Council, said:

"We are really pleased that the last two offers were a great success as it proves using the bus is a great way to travel and has helped in our decision to offer another weekend of free bus travel for those travelling within West Berkshire.

"There are lots of street parties taking place over the special weekend meaning some roads will be temporarily closed to allow the street parties to take place safely with no vehicle access so being able to find alternative ways of travel is necessary. 

"We hope residents take advantage of this free offer by leaving their cars at home to do their bit for the environment while enjoying the celebrations over the Jubilee weekend at the events taking place across the district."

The full list of routes is as follows:

All Newbury & District services operate entirely within the West Berkshire boundary

Saturday service 2, 3 and 4 June 2022

Route number

Destination

1a/1c

Newbury to Thatcham

2

Newbury to Wash Common/Tesco

8

Newbury to Tesco, Greenham and Pigeons Farm

9

Newbury to Racecourse

 

Special Holiday Timetable on 2 and 3 June 2022

Route Number

Destination

4

Newbury to Lambourn

·       Depart Newbury: 10:45 and 16:10  

·       Depart Lambourn 11:31 and 16:52

6

Newbury to East/West Ilsley

·       Depart Newbury: 08:45 and 14:30

·       Depart West Ilsley: 09:30 and 15:16

 

Full Saturday timetables operating on 4 June 2022

Route number

Destination

3

Newbury to Hungerford

4

Newbury to Lambourn

6

Newbury to East/West Ilsley

 

Reading Buses and Thames Travel valid routes for free travel if boarding in West Berkshire, whatever your destination. However, remember that if you board outside West Berkshire you would need to buy a ticket as normal:

Route

Operator

Destination

Jet Black 1

Reading Buses

Newbury to Reading

Lime 2/2a

Reading Buses

Mortimer to Reading

Sky blue 15

Reading Buses

Calcot to Reading

Sky blue 16

Reading Buses

Purley to Reading

Yellow 26 

Reading Buses

Calcot to Reading

Royal Blue 33

Reading Buses

Turnham's Farm to Reading

143

Thames Travel

Upper Basildon to Reading (Saturday 4 June only)

 

Summary of services operated each day

 

Timetable operated

Day

Services 1a/c, 2, 8, 9

Service

3

Services

4, 6

Services

Jet Black 1, Lime 2/2a, 15, 16, 26, 33, 143

Thursday 2 June

Saturday

No service

Special

Sunday

Friday 3 June

Saturday

No service

Special

Sunday

Saturday 4 June

Saturday

Saturday

Saturday

Saturday

Sunday 5 June

No service

No service

No service

Sunday

 

Last modified: 26 May 2022 13:13

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