Going Forward Buses CIC

   The Little Buses with the Big Service

New timetables on all routes from Monday 6th September 2021

 

We are changing our timetables from Monday 6th September in order for us to run a standard service at the same times Mondays to Fridays on route 134 Goring to Wallingford.  The new service on that route will mean there will be journeys between Goring and Wallingford on Thursday mornings for the first time since the lockdown last year.

 

In order to do this, we will have to change the times on all our other routes as we are using the same bus for most of these services.  We do appreciate that some of the new timings may cause some inconvenience but we have tried to minimise the changes, or to provide alternatives which we do hope will offer the majority of our loyal passengers something that is suitable.

 

The reason for all these changes is to allow us to be eligible to receive some grant funding from Oxfordshire County Council for the next six months.  This is essential to help us keep going (forward!) due to the downtown in passenger numbers since the pandemic and the ever increasing costs we are facing.

 

The new timetables are on the 'services from 6th September 2021' page on the website and the individual service pages are being updated over the weekend 4th/5th September.  Printed copies of the new timetables are on the bus, and also at Goring Railway Station ticket office and Wallingford Tourist Information Office in the market place.  

Buses waiting to go forward once again!

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Happy 2nd Birthday to us!

 

Where do we go?

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

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

Goring to Wallingford via Streatley and Moulsford - route 133 (one day a week only only)

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

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

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

Wallingford/Berinsfield - Long Wittenham - Didcot (only)

Goring to Stoke Row & Henley via Woodcote, Checkendon, Sonning Common (certain journeys only) and Greys Court (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, 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 best to check the 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 14-15 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 an LED display or 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!

 

 

Is there anything else I need to know?

We're not quite sophisticated enough to be able to accept credit cards or contactless payments, so please do have enough cash for your fare.  We can't give change.  The fare is £4 single for any single journey (children up to age 18 £2).  If you've got any kind of railcard (e.g. family, Network, 16-15, Senior etc) you can get a day return for the price of a single if you show your railcard to the driver.  And 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).

 

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).  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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