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Planned public transport changes, disruption information and contacting operators.

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Additional bus services between Newbury and Basingstoke 

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Improvements to your local bus services are continuing apace, making it an even more attractive way to travel.

From 5 May 2024, Stagecoach will be introducing additional services to their long-standing service between Newbury and Basingstoke.

Service 32 formerly known as The LINK will:

  • operate on Sundays/public holidays for the very first time
  • provide later evening services between Newbury and Basingstoke Monday to Saturday
  • additional peak-time evening services on Monday to Friday

With these significant enhancements, why not use the service to go to Basingstoke, catch the latest film, visit friends and family and access job opportunities.

Further information can be found on Stagecoach and West Berkshire Council's websites.

These service enhancements build on a long-held ambition of West Berkshire Council to enhance late evening and Sunday bus services across the district and follow the recent introduction of the:

  • 1e late evening service on Fridays and Saturdays between Newbury and Thatcham
  • Lime 2a extension to Mortimer every 2 hours on Sundays
  • X34 between Newbury and Harwell Campus/Didcot

With the introduction of on-demand bus services West Berkshire Community Connect and Wiltshire Connect, these changes ensure that local bus services continue to evolve.

Your concessionary fares bus pass will be accepted on these services between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday and all day on Saturdays and Sundays/public holidays.

This service extension has been made possible by funding from HM Government, given to West Berkshire Council after submission of a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) in October 2021 and the Council has partnered with Stagecoach and Hampshire County Council to make these services a reality.

There will be further announcements about your local bus services in the coming months so please do look out for them.


New evening bus services in Newbury and Thatcham and Sunday services to Mortimer

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You now have even more reason to consider using your local bus services.

From September 2023, Newbury & District have introduced a late evening service between Newbury and Thatcham on Friday and Saturday evenings and Lime 2a operated by Reading Buses now extends to Mortimer every 2 hours on Sundays.

The Friday and Saturday 1e late evening service runs between Newbury Wharf and Thatcham Broadway, extending to Falmouth Way. The service also passes through the Turnpike Estate. Why not use the bus to go to the cinema, the Corn Exchange, go out for a bite to eat or meet friends and family in local bars and eateries.

The Lime 2a has been extended to serve Mortimer every 2 hours on Sundays, providing a bus link to Burghfield and Reading which has not been available for some years.  You could use the service to go shopping in Reading, catch the latest film, visit friends/or family, or access job opportunities.

Further information can be found on Reading Buses and Newbury & District's websites and in our Icon for pdf Travel Guide [10MB] .

These service enhancements build on a long-held ambition of West Berkshire Council to enhance late evening and Sunday bus services across the district and with the recent introduction of the X34 between Newbury and Harwell Campus/Didcot ensure that local bus services continue to evolve.

Your concessionary fares bus pass will be accepted on these services between 9.30am and 11pm on Fridays and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

These service extensions have been made possible by funding from HM Government, given to West Berkshire Council after submission of a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) in October 2021 and the council has partnered with Reading Buses and Newbury & District to make these services a reality.

There will be further announcements about your local bus services in the coming months so please do look out for them.


Travel to Harwell and Didcot by bus 

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From Monday 24 July 2023 an exciting new bus service from Newbury Wharf Bus Station to Harwell Science and Innovation Campus and Didcot has been introduced.  

The service is called X34 and runs hourly between Newbury and Harwell Campus Monday to Saturday and is operated by Thames Travel who are part of Oxford Bus Company.

It provides a vital link between Newbury and a very prestigious local science and innovation campus as well as providing a link to Didcot where there is onward bus travel to Abingdon, Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Wallingford and Wantage.

Why not use the bus to go to work at the Harwell Campus, to go on a day trip with family and friends or take advantage of shopping opportunities in Didcot or Oxford.

You can find the timetable for the service here.

The service between Newbury and the Harwell Campus (bus services already existed between Didcot and Harwell) has been made possible by funding from HM Government, given to West Berkshire Council and Oxfordshire County Council after submission of a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) in October 2021. 


Fare cap for bus journeys 

You may have heard the Government's announcement about a fare cap, introduced across most bus services in England in late 2022. This offer has now been extended to 31 December 2024. 

The council is pleased to announce that bus journeys across West Berkshire will capped at £2 for a single journey and £4 for a return journey. 

Its intention is to provide affordable bus travel for millions across England and you can travel any time of day. The scheme forms part of the Government's Help for Households campaign, as the new cap can deliver real savings for those most affected by the rising cost of living. 

So why not use the bus to get to work, go shopping, attend an appointment, go for a bite to eat in the local eateries, take in some of the outstanding scenery, or meet friends and family.

This fare cap builds on the allocation of more than £2 billion to support bus services in England through the pandemic and a commitment to fund improved services, new bus priority measures and new electric or hydrogen buses as part of the ambitious National Bus Strategy, published in 2021. 

The fare cap will be applied on the following routes across the district:

RouteOperatorDestination 
Jet Black 1Reading BusesNewbury to Reading Town Centre
1a, 1c, 1dNewbury & DistrictNewbury to Thatcham 
1eNewbury & DistrictNewbury to Thatcham 
2, 2a, 2c Newbury & DistrictNewbury to Wash Common/Pigeons Farm
2 (Stagecoach)Stagecoach SouthBasingstoke to Tadley/Baughurst
Lime 2 and 2aReading BusesMortimer to Reading Town Centre
3/3a/3c/3xNewbury & DistrictNewbury to Hungerford
4/4a/4b/4cNewbury & DistrictNewbury to Lambourn
6 & 6aNewbury & DistrictNewbury to The Ilsleys
7Stagecoach SouthNewbury to Andover
7aStagecoach SouthNewbury to Burghclere via Penwood, Woolton Hill & Ball Hill
8Newbury & DistrictNewbury to Greenham/Tesco
9Newbury & DistrictNewbury to Racecourse Development
15Reading BusesReading Town Centre to IKEA
16Reading BusesReading Town Centre to Purley On Thames
26Reading BusesReading Town Centre to Calcot
32 (formerly The LINK) Stagecoach SouthNewbury to Basingstoke
33Reading BusesReading Town Centre to Turnham's Farm
X34Thames TravelNewbury - Harwell Campus - Didcot 
41West Berkshire CouncilThatcham to Theale
44West Berkshire CouncilThatcham to Beenham/Calcot via Tadley
46, 46a, 48Stagecoach WestHungerford to Swindon
47West Berkshire CouncilLambourn to Swindon
103/103a/103bNewbury & DistrictNewbury to Greenham Business Park
Wiltshire Connect 110Salisbury RedsMarlborough to Hungerford 
143Thames TravelReading Town Centre to Pangbourne, Upper Basildon and Goring
Community Connect AWest Berkshire CouncilBrightwalton to Newbury
West Berkshire Community ConnectWest Berkshire CouncilOn demand bus service connecting Northwest Downlands with Newbury. 

 

Other services may be taking part.

You can find the full list of operators taking part across England on the Government's website.


Other Public Transport Services

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.

National Express is not currently operating in West Berkshire. 

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 consider wearing one when COVID-19 rates are high and you will be in close contact with others such as in crowded and enclosed spaces, when you come into close contact with someone in a high risk category and when there are a lot of respiratory viruses circulating. 

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 below. 

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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