30th July 2017 marks six months since we took over running the 134 Goring to Wallingford from GoRide, and we are pleased to report that the number of journeys recorded has increased and is holding up well, proving that with tremendous local support it is possible to reverse the trend and see growth and expansion in a local bus service.
Having successfully launched our new service 142 from Goring via Streatley, Lower Basildon (including Basildon Park and Beale Park), Pangbourne, Whitchurch-on-Thames, Whitchurch Hill, Crays Pond to Caversham and Reading we are now setting about improving the 133 Goring to Wallingford via Streatley and Moulsford. The revised service from 24th July will operate five days a week, and will shortly be extended beyond Wallingford to new destinations including Home Park in Shillingford and Dorchester (service 138 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 31st July), and RAF Benson, Ewelme and Watlington (service 137 on Tuesdays). And on Sundays from 30th July, four return journeys will operate from Goring via Basildon Park and Beale Park to Reading along the A329 main road.
Join us on our adventure as we set about exploring parts of Oxfordshire and West Berkshire that other operators cannot reach!
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!)
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 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. Whitchurch, Whitchurch Hill, Crays Pond and Goring Heath joined the Going Forward Buses network, and from July 17th the first journey of the day was diverted to run via Upper Basildon to replace another cancelled Thames Travel service. 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, RAF Benson, Ewelme and Watlington are joining the network, all waiting for you to explore!
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.
Please check the Service Changes page for any updates due to up coming road closures