Going Forward Buses CIC

   The Little Buses with the Big Service

 

On Fridays starting 23rd September 2022

we're running extra services on route 134 from Goring to Wallingford at 11.35, and Wallingford to Goring at 13.25.  From Wallingford you can also catch the 133 service from Wallingford to Goring via Moulsford, which will continue back to Wallingford on route 134 at 11.35.

 

URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT!  We are very sorry that our Saturday driver is unable to do Saturdays from April 2nd 2022.  We plan to run the normal Saturday service on April 2nd, but after that we will reluctantly have to suspend all Saturday services until further notice.  We sincerely apologise to anyone who wished to use the service.  If anyone knows anyone who might be interested in driving for us on Saturdays, please let us know!

Please see the individual route pages for details of the new timetable

Changes to services from Monday 13th December 2021

 

Our new winter timetable started on Monday 13th December.  There are some minor changes, aimed at improving connections with the restored half-hourly off peak train service from Goring, and to alleviate some timekeeping issues on our Henley and Watlington services.  The new timetables are now shown on all the website pages.  Printed copies are now available on the buses, at Goring Railway Station and Library, and at Wallingford Tourist Information Office in the Market Place.

 

From Monday 6th September we re-introduced a standard service at the same times Mondays to Fridays on route 134 Goring to Wallingford.  The new service on that route will means there are now journeys between Goring and Wallingford on Thursday mornings for the first time since the lockdown last year.

 

We are hoping that in January 2022 we will be able to re-introduce a limited Saturday service on routes 134, 138 and D1 between Goring, Wallingford, Long Wittenham and Didcot.  Details will be shown on this website as soon as further information is available.  

 

If you don't already get our newsletter, containg details of forthcoming timetable changes, please do email us at littlebluebus@yahoo.com to be added to our mailing list.

 

Buses waiting to go forward once again!

 

While we are still suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, we may be forced to cancel services at very short notice, and in exceptional circumstances with no notice at all.  We will endeavour to put notice of any cancellations on the website and on our facebook page.  However, if your service has not appeared within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time please do contact us on 07484 605888.  If a service has had to be cancelled without notice leaving you stranded away from your home, we will offer to pay for alternative transport (e.g. train fare or if the only available alternative is a taxi).  You will need to keep your receipt and send details of the journey and cost to us for possible reimbursement.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience.

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Where do we go?

These are the services we are running currently (as at December 2021):

Goring to Wallingford via Cleeve and The Stokes - route 134 (runs Mondays to Fridays)

Goring to Wallingford via Streatley and Moulsford - route 133 (limited service running on certain days of the week only)

Wallingford to Watlington via RAF Benson and Ewelme - route 137 (Fridays only)

Wallingford to Berinsfield via Shillingford Hill, and Dorchester village - route 138 (Mondays and Fridays only, service 138)

Goring to Reading via Basildon & Beale Parks, Pangbourne, Whitchurch Hill and Caversham - The Parks Route - route 142-8 (Tuesdays only)

Wallingford/Berinsfield - Long Wittenham - Didcot - route D1 (Mondays only)

Wallingford - The Moretons - Didcot - route D2 (Wednesdays only)

Goring to Stoke Row & Henley via Woodcote, Checkendon, Sonning Common (certain journeys only) and Greys Court - route H1/H2 (Thursdays only)

 

Please see the individual pages on this website for details of timetables and fares.

 

Can anyone use the buses?

Yes of course!  Everyone is welcome, we operate normal registered bus services.  You should be able to find details of our services on Traveline and other transport planner websites, but during the coronavirus pandemic this information may not be updated regularly - short notice changes may take time to get on the system so it's always best to check our website for the latest timetables.

 

Are dogs allowed on the buses?

Yes, well behaved dogs are welcome provided they don't get in the way of the passengers and they mustn't be allowed on the seats.

 

How will I recognise the bus?

We operate a small fleet of 14 seater minibuses.  Most of them are white, but one is blue.  Under normal circumstances you will see the route number displayed on the windscreen using a poster.  Watch out for the little white or little blue bus!

 

Where do the buses stop?

We will stop at any normal bus stop along the routes we operate.  But please give a clear hand signal to the driver if you wish to board, or let him know in good time if you are on the bus and wish to get off.  We will also do our best on less busy stretches of road to stop wherever is convenient for you  - so long as it is safe to do so!

 

 

How much is the fare?

We always accept cash, which should be placed in the red box by the door.  Unfortunately we cannot give change, so please try to have enough for the fare.  Most journeys are £4 single for adults, half fare for children 5-18 years old.  On some journeys if you do not have cash it may be possible to pay by credit card; please ask the driver if you do not have cash whether this facility is available.

 

Of course if you have an English Concessionary Bus Pass you get free travel (except before on Mondays to Fridays in Oxfordshire before 09.00, or 09.30 elsewhere).

 

There are some special offers which are likely to apply until 31st March 2022 (but may be subject to change without notice):

Only £2 single between Goring and Spring Farm or Streatley

Only £3 single between Goring and South Stoke, Goring and Beale Wildlife Park, Sonning Common and Henley, Long Wittenham and Didcot.

For all other journeys the normal flat fare of £4 single applies.  And if you pay the single fare you can return the same day for free!

 

Any problems?

We will do all we can to help.  Please speak to the driver, or if that is not possible, call us on 07484 605888.  We're only a very small outfit so sometimes we can't get to the phone but we do try to answer quickly whenever we can.  We don't have a queuing system or a number of different options - just a basic mobile phone!  If you can't get through and it's not so urgent, do email us at littlebluebus@yahoo.com - we usually reply within 24 hours.  You can also use this email for any comments, observations, suggestions - and complaints.

                                                                                    

Two of our re-branded Volkwagen 'Bluebirds' outside Goring Station on March 10th 2017

 

                     A bit of history

 

We took over running the 134 service from 30th January 2017 and immediately introduced extra journeys later in the afternoon; the last bus from Wallingford is at 17.45 and these journeys also run on Saturdays (although the last bus is earlier at 17.10).  (Please note since the coronavirus pandemic hit the service runs to revised times and as at December 2021 there is no Saturday service although we are hoping to re-introduce one in January 2022). Through Wallingford the service now runs a circular route – via the A329 via Winterbrook past the Community Hospital entrance, and back via Hithercroft Road passing LiDL and the Cholsey & Wallingford railway - or vice versa.  This is to improve punctuality by avoiding the two sets of traffic lights in Wallingford, and to help ensure connections at Goring with the trains can be maintained.  It also means both the hospital and LiDL is easily accessible by bus directly from Goring, Cleeve and the Stokes (and vice versa!)

 

On February 20th 2017 we successfully launched the new service transporting pupils from South Stoke, North Stoke and Mongewell to Wallingford School, and the following day the Traffic Commissioners called giving approval for the 134 bus to run across the railway bridge into Goring village, before terminating at the railway station as usual.  This gives easy access to the Surgery, Community Centre, Library, the shops, the river and various cafes and pubs!  We still connect with the trains at Goring & Streatley railway station.

 

The Fridays only 133 service was introduced to provide a service from Streatley and Moulsford to Wallingford, and alleviate pressure on the morning 134 services to Wallingford.  Soon after that we started developing plans to fill the gap that Thames Travel were leaving when they revised their 143 service from 3rd July 2017.  This meant that Whitchurch, Whitchurch Hill, Crays Pond and Goring Heath joined the Going Forward Buses network. In the meantime, the 133 route was amended to include The Coombe in Streatley - probably the first time ever that this road has ever had a regular bus service!  And now Shillingford, Dorchester, Berinsfield, RAF Benson, Ewelme and Watlington have joined the network, all waiting for you to explore!  We've made some adjustments to operating days so do please check the website for the lastest timetables.

 

In April 2019 we started running another school's service in the mornings from Cleeve, Goring and Streatley to Cranford House School in Moulsford.  Anyone can use the service, which also passes by Moulsford Prep School before continuing through Cholsey to Wallingford.

 

Our summer 2019 timetable featured three new routes - Goring to Henley via Woodcote, Checkendon, Stoke Row and Greys Court; Wallingford to Didcot via Shillingford Hill, Dorchester village, Berinsfield, Clifton Hampden and Long Wittenham; and Didcot to Wallingford via North & South Moreton and LiDL.  These were joined in autumn 2019 by Sonning Common.

 

Thanks to GoRide for four and a half years during which they established a sound foundation for the continuation of the route - managing to reduce the subsidy from Oxfordshire County Council from around £80,000 per year under previous operator Heyfordian to zero!  Your new operator - and brand new not-for-profit Community Interest Company Going Forward Buses is based in Goring and is already working hard to expand services in the area for the benefit of the local community. There are no shareholders to worry about or dividends to pay - our only concern is to give you the best service possible with the resources we have.

 

We depend almost entirely on getting our income from passenger journeys - so it's a real case of 'use us, don't lose us'! 

 Please check the Service Changes page for any updates due to  road closures

 

 

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