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Transport Service Changes or Disruption

Planned public transport changes, disruption information and contacting operators

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Newbury Road Closure - Newbury and District 4 Service

From Monday 12th to Friday 16th September Newbury Road in the Parish of Lambourn is closed between 9.30am to 3.30pm between Long Hedge and Rogers's Lane. This affects the Newbury & District 4 service which is unable to serve Eastbury and East Garston on the following journeys:

  •  The 09:40, 11:31 and 13:31 departures from Lambourn
  •  The 10:37, 12:37 and 14:23 departures from Newbury

For these journeys the route of the 4 bus service will change to Hungerford Hill, The B4000, Hungerford Hill to Lambourn Square. Mill Lane in Lambourn will continue to be served on all journeys.

 Free Bus Travel on World Car Free Day

Thursday 22 September 2022 is World Car Free Day. You will have even more reason to leave your car at home as there will be free return bus travel across the district.

Following on from free bus travel last Christmas, over Easter, and for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, bus journeys starting or ending in West Berkshire will be free all day.

There are no time restrictions, so you can use the bus to get to work or school, for a day trip, or even to meet family or friends for a bite to eat.

As well as being able to get around West Berkshire, perhaps taking in some of the outstanding scenery, free bus travel is available to Newbury, Thatcham, Reading, Basingstoke and Swindon.

This initiative has been developed by West Berkshire Council in partnership with Reading Buses, Newbury & District, Thames Travel, Stagecoach, Going Forward Buses and Horseman Coaches. Free bus travel is available on these operators' services all day on Thursday 22 September 2022.

As well as free travel for journeys starting in West Berkshire, operators will also allow passengers to return from places further afield free of charge for the first time. Concessionary Bus Passes will still be accepted on the day.

The full list of of routes is as follows: 

Services that operate entirely within West Berkshire: 

Route NumberOperatorDestination
1a/1cNewbury & DistrictNewbury to Thatcham
2Newbury & DistrictNewbury to Wash Common/Tesco
3Newbury & DistrictNewbury to Hungerford
4Newbury & DistrictNewbury to Lambourn
5/5a/5cWBC ConnectNewbury to Downlands Villages
6/6a Newbury & DistrictNewbury to East/West Ilsley
8Newbury & DistrictNewbury to Tesco, Greenham and Pigeons Farm
9Newbury & DistrictNewbury to Racecourse
41WBC ConnectTheale 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: 

The LINKStagecoach SouthNewbury to Basingstoke
Jet Black 1Reading BusesNewbury to Reading
Lime 2/2a Reading BusesMortimer/Burghfield to Reading
7/7a Stagecoach SouthAndover/Burghclere to Newbury
Sky Blue 15Reading BusesTheale/Calcot to Reading 
Sky Blue 16Reading BusesPurley on Thames to Reading 
Yellow 26Reading BusesCalcot to Reading
Royal Blue 33Reading BusesThurnham's Farm to Reading
44WBC ConnectBeenham to Thatcham via Tadley
46/48a/X46Stagecoach WestHungerford to Swindon
47WBC ConnectLambourn to Swindon
103/103a/103bNewbury & DistrictNewbury to Greenham Business Park
133Going Forward BusesGoring to Wallingford via Streatley
143Thames TravelUpper Basildon to Reading
154Horseman CoachesBeech Hill to Reading 

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

Service changes in July 2022

From Monday 25 July 2022 there will be changes to some local bus timetables.   

A summary of these changes: 

  • 5 service operated by West Berkshire Council Transport Services - the term-time only service will now operate during school holidays, 
  • 47 operated by West Berkshire Council Transport Services - will now operate an extra afternoon journey between Lambourn and Swindon on Saturdays and during school holidays, 
  • Jet Black 1 operated by Reading Buses- some minor changes to timetables, 
  • 26 operated by Reading Buses - minor reductions in frequency over summer period, 
  • 33 operated by Reading Buses - peak time frequency reduced to every 20 minutes. 

Further information about changes to Reading Buses services can be found on their website. 

Please ensure you have checked the latest timetable information available, the travel guide will be updated shortly. 


Other Public Transport Services

National Express are running coach services. See the National Express website for more details. At the present time National Express are not calling at Newbury Wharf.

Trains services that operate in West Berkshire maybe subject to change, often at short notice, updated information can be found on the Great Western Railway (GWR) website.

Travel Guidance and Face Coverings

The Government has removed all domestic legal restrictions relating to COVID-19. 

There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering, but the government suggests that people continue to wear one in crowded and enclosed spaces, where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

You can find more detailed information about coronavirus guidance on the GOV.UK website.

Services on Bank Holidays and During Travel Disruption

If you are planning to travel by public transport on bank holidays, during bad weather or during other periods of disruption, please use the Traveline journey planner which has regularly updated information.

We also post available updates on the Connect West Berkshire Twitter feed. 

You can also check with the bus or train company you will be using to make sure they are running. Please see the contact details listed above. 

Road Closures and Bus Stop Suspensions

At times essential utility work and highway improvement works can cause disruptions to bus services. This can include bus stop suspensions and services having to divert from scheduled routes.

Details of any works which could have a major impact on West Berkshire Council contracted services will be posted on this page.

Contacting Local Bus and Train Operators

You can find details of the major bus and train operators in West Berkshire, and links to their website and contact details, below:

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