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Bank Holiday Weekend Saturday 25th - Monday 27th August 2018

There are a number of events being held that could affect our services due to the likelihood of increased congestion and possible road closures.  In Wallingford the streets will be very busy with the Bunk Fest, and in Reading the Festival could affect services trying to get to Tesco.  We are very sorry if your service is affected by this, especially if we are unable to serve certain sections of road without being able to give any advance notice of these alterations.

 

On Bank Holiday Monday 27th August we are expecting to be able to operate our new Sunday service between Goring and Reading and Goring and Wallingford.

 

On Sunday 26th August, its barbeque time at South Stoke again - and the proceeds from this splendid event are going to help the bus service once more - so please do support it!

Sundays August 19th and 26th 2018

Why not join the WI for delicious teas at Goring Lock - they've very kindly agreed to support the bus service with the proceeds! 

 

Old pound coins, fivers and ten pound notes

Although no longer legal tender, Going Forward Buses will continue to accept them until further notice.  Of course if you'd like to donate them to the fuel fund box, that's even better!

 

Saturday July 8th 2017

Francis is retiring to North Wales, where he will be driving steam trains rather than buses!  The Bala Lake Railway has lured him away from us.  He ran the 133 Fridays service for us since it started in February and has helped out on a number of occasions when Terry was on leave.  We all hope he has a great retirement and say a big thank you for his dedicted and faithful service while working for Going Forward Buses, and for GoRide before that.

May 15th 2017

The new service to Caversham and Reading starts today, with the first journey leaving Goring at 07.35.  There are initially four return journeys on Mondays to Fridays, but a Saturday Service of three return journeys will be introduced from June 3rd.  

 

April 7th 2017

Surprise surprise!  The identical twin of bus SF06BLZ has been found and today is welcomed to the fleet!  Watch out for SLF06BLX - apart from the number plate there is very little difference although it does have one more seat than its twin.  Both were built in the same batch at the same time, one after the other, but it's many years since they were seen together!  Thanks to our friends at SB Engineering in Woodcote for speedily getting it back to tip-top condition.

 

Its first run, today, was to test out the new route scheduled to be introduced in mid May, from Goring through Pangbourne, Whitchurch, Whitchurch Hill and Cray's Pond to Caversham and Reading (Blagrave Street) with three journeys continuing to the Tesco Superstore in Napier Road.  Watch out for more details of this Monday to Friday four-times-a-day service, coming soon!

 

For information on Beale Park and Salters Steamers, see the new pages elsewhere on the website!

 

March 16th 2017

Check out the new website page 'Chiltern Society Maps' showing a variety of walks around Goring - and better still, check them out for real!  Some of the walks can be shortened a bit by catching the bus.

 

February 21st 2017

It's all happening!  Yesterday we successfully launded the new schools service and this morning the Traffic Commissioners called giving approval for the bus to run into Goring village centre, with immediate effect!  No timings have changed, except that on the way to Goring most services will operate in a loop through the vilage before terminating at the station forecourt as usual.  This means easy access to the Surgery, Community Centre, Library, the High Street shops, the river, Streatley and various cafes and pubs!  Journeys to Wallingford continue to run via the usual route (except will run the full length of Lockstile Way and Milldown Avenue instead of Lockstile Mead), but you are welcome to join the bus as it passes through the village on its inward journey to the station.  See the website for the new timetable (or collect one from the bus) and hop on board soon!

 

February 18th 2017

Just got the statistics for the week - we've smashed through the 500 journeys mark with 510 recorded since last Monday.  Thanks for all your support!

 

February 14th 2017

Happy Valentine's Day - and welcome to bus number three!  All the way from St Austell in Cornwall, it's a new home at Going Forward Buses for this 16 seater minibus.  It needs to be checked over by the garage but it looks to be in good shape, and should be very useful as back up bus to the other two.  We're doing all we can to make the service as reliable as possible!

February 7th 2017

We're into the second week of the new service; all went well last week and thanks to everyone who supported us.  Timetables are now available for the Fridays only 133 Moulsford and Streatley service which starts this Friday 10th February (including some extra journeys on the 134 route) - you can get them from Goring Library and Community Information Centre, and other outlets soon - or see the 133 page elsewhere on the website.

 

February 4th 2017

The new Saturday service is now in operation, with four extra journeys each way!  The first bus from Goring is at 08.00, last bus 17.15; the first bus from Wallingford is at 08.40, last bus 17.45 - the same as during the week!  Plenty more journey opportunities are now available on Saturdays as a result of this change.

 

Newsletter No 2 is now available - see the newsletter pages on the website, or sign up to receive it through email by sending a message to littlebluebus@yahoo.com

 

February 3rd 2017

Successful test run of the new 133 Moulsford and Streatley service that will run every Friday from next week (10th).  This will also mean more buses on Friday mornings on the 134 route so no danger of being left behind on the 09.15 or 10.15 - another bus will be along in a few minutes!

 

January 30th 2017

The new service commenced today including the additional journeys from Goring station at 16.15 and 17.15, returning from Wallingford Market Place at 16.40 and 17.45.  There's a special introductory offer on these new services - you can travel on them for just the normal child fare (which is half the adult fare!).  Also after 11.00 there's a special offer for families - if an adult buys a £4 single, one or two children (5-15) can travel with them for free!  But not before 11.00, and you can't travel on the 15.40 from Wallingford, but you can use any other service after 11.00. See the Special Offers page for more details.

 

January 29th 2017

Check out the new Fridays only service operating from Friday February 10th, serving Moulsford and Streatley, as well as giving a greater choice of morning services from Goring and the Stokes to Wallingford.  The timetable now has its own page on the website.

 

January 28th 2017  

Farewell to GoRide's Oxfordshire services - they have confirmed that I was their last passenger, getting off at Goring on today's final 14.15 Wallingford to Goring run.  Thanks GoRide for four and a half years of excellent service!

 

January 27th 2017

Permission has been granted by the Traffic Commissioners for a Fridays only service which will help to relieve the capacity problems on the 09.15 and 10.15 buses from Goring, and also the 11.40 bus from Wallingford.  Additional services will run from Goring just on Fridays, starting Friday 10th February, at 09.30 and 10.30, with an extra service from Wallingford at 12.40.  There will also be three services serving Moulsford and Streatley (numbered 133).  Details of these new 133/134 Friday services will be added to the timetable section of the website soon!

 

January 26th 2017

Permits for the two buses and permission from the Traffic Commissioners to run the service from 30th January confirmed today, so it's definitely All Systems Go from Monday!

 

January 22nd 2017

New timetables now available!

 

The new timetable leaflets for the service from 30th January 2017 are out - please pick up a copy:

On the bus

At Goring station

At Goring Library

At Goring Community Information Centre

At Streatley Youth Hostel

At South Stoke Village Shop

At South Stoke Perch & Pike Pub/Restaurant

At Wallingford Visitor Information Centre

At Wallingford Library

At Wallingford Museum

 

If you visit any of these locations and find that they have run out, please contact littlebluebus@yahoo.com and we will make sure more are made available as soon as possible!

Thanks!

 

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