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Live Bus and Train Departures

How to check live bus and train departure information for local bus stops and rail stations


A picture of the live information bus stop flag, showing predicted arrival times

You can use the NextBuses service online or on your mobile to check for live bus information for your local bus stop.

The Google Maps service (online or via the app) can also be used to check departure times for your local bus stop. 

Live bus information is also available via audio-visual screens at a number of bus stops in Newbury, Thatcham, Theale, Calcot and Tilehurst.

The central system, audio-visual screens and the data feeds - including data outgoing to Traveline for the NextBuses mobile internet and text service - are the responsibility of Reading Transport Ltd (Reading Buses).

What do the audio-visual screens show?

Live time predictions, shown in the format "xx min" (eg "16 min") are predictions of the number of minutes until the bus is expected to serve that stop. These predictions are based on the latest satellite tracking information.

"DUE" is displayed when a bus is expected to call at the stop in less than 2 minutes.

Clock times, in the format "hh:mm" (eg "11:43") indicate when the bus is timetabled to serve that stop. These departures disappear from the audio-visual screens when that time is reached, or when the online or mobile screens are refreshed. 

Clock times are shown when live predictions aren't available, for example if a particular bus is not being satellite-tracked.


You can use Great Western Railway's 'Check your journey' webpage to check the latest information about your train journey, live departures and arrivals for rail stations.

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