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World Car Free Day

Free Bus Travel across West Berkshire on World Car Free Day

Posted by: Communications team on 20 September 2022 18:34
World car free day free bus travel

Thursday 22 September 2022 is World Car Free Day which encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day and think about using more sustainable transport for everyday journeys.  

To encourage and show our support for having a day with less motor traffic on the roads, we will be offering free bus travel across West Berkshire all day on 22 September - giving more reason to leave the car at home.

Following on from the popularity of the previous free bus travel initiatives we had last Christmas, over Easter, and for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we have again worked in partnership with Reading Buses, Newbury & District, Thames Travel, Stagecoach, Going Forward Buses and Horseman Coaches to offer free travel on these operators' services for World Car Free Day. Operators will also allow passengers to return from places further afield free of charge for the first time and Concessionary Bus Passes will still be accepted on the day.

There are no time restrictions as travel for the day will be available to Newbury, Thatcham, Reading, Basingstoke and Swindon. A great reason for us all to do our part for World Car Free Day and use the bus to get to work, college, school, go out for a day trip, go shopping, or even to meet family or friends for a bite to eat.

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

"We are really pleased to be working with our bus service partners to again provide free bus travel for our residents across West Berkshire on World Car Free Day.

"From an environmental perspective, using the bus is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint and do our bit for the planet. For those who don't use public transport, this is the perfect time to use the bus, walk, cycle or take the train and leave the car at home to try an alternative mode of transport, if you can."

Further information can be found on our transport page of the website.

The full list of routes is as follows:

Services that operate entirely within West Berkshire:

Route Number




Newbury & District

Newbury to Thatcham


Newbury & District

Newbury to Wash Common/Tesco


Newbury & District

Newbury to Hungerford


Newbury & District

Newbury to Lambourn


WBC Connect

Newbury to Downlands Villages


Newbury & District

Newbury to East/West Ilsley


Newbury & District

Newbury to Tesco, Greenham and Pigeons Farm


Newbury & District

Newbury to Racecourse


WBC Connect

Theale to Thatcham/Newbury


The following routes will offer free bus travel in West Berkshire, whatever the destination and will offer return travel back to West Berkshire:





Stagecoach South

Newbury to Basingstoke

Jet Black 1

Reading Buses

Newbury to Reading

Lime 2/2a

Reading Buses

Mortimer/Burghfield to Reading


Stagecoach South

Andover/Burghclere to Newbury

Sky Blue 15

Reading Buses

Theale/Calcot to Reading

Sky Blue 16

Reading Buses

Purley on Thames to Reading

Yellow 26

Reading Buses

Calcot to Reading

Royal Blue 33

Reading Buses

Turnham's Farm to Reading


WBC Connect

Beenham to Thatcham via Tadley


Stagecoach West

Hungerford to Swindon


WBC Connect

Lambourn to Swindon


Newbury & District

Newbury to Greenham Business Park


Going Forward Buses

Goring to Wallingford via Streatley


Thames Travel

Upper Basildon to Reading


Horseman Coaches

Beech Hill to Reading


Free Bus Travel will not be offered on the Hungerford to Marlborough service.


Last modified: 20 September 2022 18:42

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