Please check the Service Changes page for any updates due to up coming road closures
The new service from Goring via Streatley, Lower Basildon, Pangbourne, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Whitchurch Hill, Crays Pond to Caversham and Reading is now in operation! Initially the service is four return journeys Mondays to Fridays, but three journeys will also run on Saturdays from 3rd June, and we hope to be able to operate a fifth journey on Mondays to Fridays from 3rd July returning from Reading at around 6 p.m. if there is demand for it and we can get enough volunteer drivers to run it.
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.
Two of our re-branded Volkwagen 'Bluebirds' outside Goring Station on March 10th 2017
We took over running the 134 service from 30th January 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. Through Wallingford the service now runs a circular route – inward via Crowmarsh Church, returning along the A329 via Winterbrook past the Community Hospital entrance, and using the Wallingford by-pass to cross the River Thames, rejoining the normal route just before Mongewell. 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 the hospital is easily accessible by bus directly from Goring, Cleeve and the Stokes (and vice versa!)
In association with Whitchurch and Goring Heath Parish Councils, we are starting a new route from Goring to Reading running via Streatley, Lower Basildon, Basildon Park, Beale Park, Pangbourne, Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hill and Caversham on Mondays to Fridays from 15th May. There will initially be four journeys a day three of which will be extended beyond Reading Blagrave Street to the Tesco Extra store in Napier Road. From 3rd June these three journeys will also run on Saturdays. Details of the new timetable can be found on the 142 page on this website. It is a number of years now since the section of route between Streatley and Pangbourne was abandoned (in the 70s there was at least one bus an hour!) but we need to win passengers back if the service is going to be sustainable. Please help by supporting the new service in any way you can.
On February 20th 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 same trains at the station .
And don't forget our route on Fridays - the 133 serving Moulsford and Streatley, also providing extra morning journeys along the 134 route! Check the 133 timetable page on the website for full details.