142 The Parks Route


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!



Travelling from Cleeve?


The 09.45 service to Reading will start from Cleeve Scout Hut ten minutes earlier at 09.35, serving the usual 134 route via Elvendon Road, Milldown Avenue and Lockstile Way.  You can stay on the bus when it reverses at Goring railway station and travel through to Goring village or onwards to Streatley, Pangbourne, Whitchurch, Caversham and Reading.  The 12.15 from Goring has a good connection out of the 11.40 from Wallingford, and the 11.10, 13.45 and 16.10 from Reading all have good connections at Goring railway station with 134 services to Cleeve, the Stokes and Wallingford.


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.  If you want to catch the 09.45 from Goring, you can catch the 09.20 from Wallingford: on Mondays to Fridays this is a 133 service (via Moulsford) so you'll need to change buses at Streatley traffic lights - just cross the road and wait on the other side near to the telegraph pole with the bus timetables on it!  On Saturdays it's a through 134 service all the way to Reading leaving Wallingford at 09.20. 



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.


We're changing the fares on the 142 route from 30th April 2018.  We won't be issuing returns anymore, and although some fares from stops in South Oxfordshire will go up, if you're coming back from a Reading or West Berkshire stop, in almost all cases you won't pay more in total than you used to do for a return.  Good news for anyone ages 16-18, our child fares are now available to anyone aged 5-18 and are just half the adult fares.  These fares are entirely dependant on the service being used by a good number of people, including concessionary pass holders, as there is no direct subsidy.  Please help us to keep the fares low by using the bus as much as possible!  Of course Concessionary Pass holders continue to enjoy free travel (except before 09.00 Mondays to Fridays, 09.30 in South Oxfordshire).


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