142 The Parks Route


We're planning to make changes to services on this route from August 6th, but driver illness means we might not be able to operate any services on this route except on Saturdays.  If we are not able to get a replacement driver, ONLY THE SATURDAY TIMETABLE shown below will operate (subject to the approval of local Councils and the Traffic Commissioner).  Please check this page for any updates about this. Please note:  The current timetable on the route is below the fares chart.  This is expected to continue operating until August 4th, but services could be subject to short notice cancellation if we cannot find a driver.  We are very sorry for the uncertainty and for any inconvenience caused.



Some fares on the 142 and 144 routes are changing from Wednesday 27th June 2018.  Details of the new fares are shown below.  For some journeys we won't be selling returns anymore because of the way we are reimbursed for Concessionary Pass journeys (too technical and non-sensical to explain here!) but we just can't afford it!  If you have any kind of railcard (including a Network Card which anyone can buy) we'll let you come back (the same day) for free.  See our 'Pay One Way' page elsewhere on the website. 



Route 142 links Goring and Reading, passing by both Basildon Park and Beale Park, and then running via Pangbourne, Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hill to Caversham, Reading Town Centre and the Tesco Superstore at Kings Meadow.  The early morning journey on Mondays to Fridays runs via Upper Basildon.  Details are shown below.


We're making some changes from Monday 9th April 2018: there will be a new route 144 direct service on Mondays to Saturdays from Reading to the Parks (continuing to Goring) at 11.30, returning from the Parks at just after 15.20.  You can find details on the 'Timetables from April 9th 2018' page; there are also timing changes to most 142 services and we won't be serving Woodcote any more due to a distinct lack of patronage!  Please check the new times carefully - if you have any comments about them please email us at littlebluebus@yahoo.com


Special Note:  It has come to our attention that if you do an internet search for the 142, you may be directed to an old (2013) Thames Travel timetable.  Unfortunately Thames Travel tell us they are not able to remove it - apparently it will be there for eternity!  Please ignore it, the correct timetable is shown below, and Traveline also has the correct times.  Sorry for any confusion but the worldwideweb is outside of our control (or anyone elses according to Thames Travel!!)


                           Timetable from Monday 9th April 2018


What's the route in Caversham Heights?


The 142 follows the yellow highlighted route from Caversham Library northwards... you can board or alight at any bus stop but please do give a clear hand signal to the driver if you wish to board, and let them know in good time if you want to get off.  AND it's only £1.50 adult single for any journey between Shepherd's Lane (the Oxfordshire boundary) and Blagrave Street/Tesco King's Meadow no matter how long or short!


Printed copies of the new timetables (as above) are now available - currently on the buses, and also at Goring Library, the Community Centre, and Goring Railway Station and Pangbourne Library (while stocks last!).


Travelling from Wallingford?


Most 142 services have good connections at Goring station to or from the 134 Wallingford service. 



Bus Links between Reading Town Centre, Caversham and Tesco King's Meadow


Reading buses operate a service from Caversham Waitrose to Tesco and Reading Town Centre on Mondays to Fridays, which may be of use if you want to visit more than one of these locations.  Details of the service (28 or 28A) are shown below, but please check with Reading Buses as we may not be informed of any changes.

Also Horseman Coaches operate a free bus on behalf of Tesco on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving the store every 20 minutes from 09.47 to 14.07, serving Forbury Road, Minster Street, St Marys Butts and Friar Street.  Details are available on the bus - ask the driver for a timetable.  Please note: this service does not operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays.

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