Changes to timetables from Monday November 13th
Here's a summary of the changes which come into force on Monday November 13th. There are big improvements to the Watlington service (137) and although the 138 to Dorchester will only run on two days a week, there will be an extra later afternoon journey.
142 Evening Service (17.15 Goring to Reading/18.15 Reading to Goring Mondays to Fridays)
Numbers using this service have been much lower than hoped. We're still keeping it going with our trusty band of volunteers for the time being, but unless numbers do improve the service is likely to cease running from Monday November 13th. There's still time to save it - use it or lose it!
We're sorry that we had to suspend operating to and from The Coombe in Streatley because of a succession of roadworks which either closed the road or caused severe delays. We're planning to restore a limited service on the 133 route as soon as we're sure the roadworks are finished! Watch this space for more details.
Old pound coins
Although no longer legal tender from Monday 16th October, Going Forward Buses will continue to accept them until further notice. Of course if you'd like to donate them to the fuel fund box, that's even better!
Saturday September 2nd Bunkfest
Wallingford's annual Bunkfest will be held on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd September. We expect to be able to operate a normal service, but pick up and set down points in Wallingford may need to be changed due to road closures. Watch this space for details! Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused.
Monday August 21st to Tuesday August 29th Reading Festival
We're continuing to operate what we hope will be a normal service during the Reading Festival, although we can't predict if services will be affected by heavy traffic in and around Caversham and Reading. Please bear with us if there are delays to services while the festival is on and during the days when people are arriving and departing. If necessary, some services may need to terminate at or start from Blagrave Street instead of running to and from Tesco in the event of very late running. It is probably best to plan to catch buses at Blagrave Street or Caversham Library rather than Tesco just in case we can't get through to Kings Meadow during the height of the festival. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused.
Although most of our routes will not be running on Bank Holiday Morning August 28th, route 144 Goring to Reading via Basildon Park, Beale Park, Pangbourne, Purley and Oxford Road will be running, to the normal Sunday timetable. So if the weather's nice, why not enjoy a day out at the parks, or catch the bus to Pangbourne and take a walk through the woods to Goring?
Friday 18th August
The new evening service on route 142 from Goring to Reading and back staretd operating yesterday. This is an experimental service, made possible through the efforts of volunteer drivers mainly from Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hill. Peter Dragonetti drove the inaugural return journey leaving Goring at 17.15. So now there is a service from Reading along the route (including Upper Basildon) offering workers, shoppers and students a later departure from Reading Blagrave Street at 18.20. Do make us of it - as they say 'use it or lose it'! The volunteer drivers get lobnely if they're just driving on their own!
Friday 18th August to Wednesday 30th August
Sorry to say that the roadworks blocking Park Wall Lane, Lower Basildon, which should have finished on 16th August, have been extended for another two weeks. This means that the early morning 142A service (07.20 from Goring to Reading) will unexpectedly have to continue using the diversionary route through Pangbourne to get to Upper Basildon. This morning we did manage to reach Reading on time, despite having left Upper Basildon around ten minutes late. We will do our best to make up the lost time but apologise in advance if traffic conditions make this impossible. Very much hoping that the road will reopen on August 31st!
Thursday 17th August
The revised service on the 142 route starts today. Some services will now be routed via Woodcote, so please check as there are a few minor retimings to allow this to happen. We are also introducing a new flat fare within the Reading Borough Council area of £1.50 for any single journey. This applies from Upper Woodcote Road (Shepherd's Lane) all the way through Caversham and Blagrave Street to Tesco King's Meadow, and anywhere in between. But best of all is the news that there will now be a later service on the route on Mondays to Fridays, leaving Goring at 17.15 and returning from Reading at 18.15. Volunteers from Whitchurch and Goring Heath Parish Councils will be the mainstay of drivers on this experimental service - like all the journeys on this (and our other routes!) we need people to use it, as even with volunteer drivers it still costs money to run it (fuel, vehicle maintenance and other overheads etc).
Thursday 10th August
The 142 service to Reading is having a change of vehicle this morning so the 09.40/09.50 from Goring may be a few minutes late. Sorry for any inconvenience!
The new Tesco Express in Goring has opened today - why not hop on the bus and 'check it out'!
Monday July 31st
We welcome Shillingford Hill and Dorchester village (stopping at the Abbey entrance) to the network today. Three return journeys will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, using the bus that is already operating five days a week on the 133 Goring-Moulsford-Wallingford route. You can now enjoy a trip to Dorchester and back three days a week - leave Goring at 09.55, arriving Dorchester at 10.26. The bus back leaves the same stop at Dorchester at 12.56 and gets to Goring at 13.40. Free travel if you have a Concessionary Pass! Otherwise it's £4 single, £8 return from Goring. For details of the Wallingford to Dorchester timetable, see the 138 page elsewhere on the website.
Sunday July 30th
The new 144 service from Goring to Reading via Basildon Park and Beale Park starts today! There are four return journeys, timed to connect with trains at Goring. The buses also pass close by Pangbourne, Tilehurst and Reading stations, so there is plenty of choice for train users. It's a short walk from the bus stops at the entrances to the parks to the ticket office, and saves the hassle of trying to find a parking space which can be difficult on Sundays.
Monday July 24th
The new improved 133 service starts today. It runs five days a week instead of just on Fridays, so Moulsford and Streatley residents don't have to wait till Friday to get out and about! On Mondays to Fridays you can now leave Moulsford at 09.35, Streatley at 09.40 getting to Wallingford at 10.11. The times of buses back vary depending on which day of the week it is, but there is a choice of two journeys (three on Fridays!). There's also the option of a quick trip into Wallingford or Cholsey (for Tesco Express) at lunchtime. Please do try to support the new service - we need you to use it as much as possible. Sorry we'll be unable to run via The Coombe for up to six weeks as the road by the traffic lights is closed so that the chimney hit by the lorry a few months ago can be repaired, but we’ll be back as soon as the road reopens!
Sunday August 13th 2.30 p.m.
Hoping for good weather as it's the South Stoke Summer BBQ - and the organisers have very kindly decided to donate the proceeds to the local bus service - that's us!
Saturday July 8th 2017
Francis is retiring to North Wales, where he will be driving steam trains rather than buses! The Bala Lake Railway has lured him away from us. He ran the 133 Fridays service for us since it started in February and has helped out on a number of occasions when Terry was on leave. We all hope he has a great retirement and say a big thank you for his dedicted and faithful service while working for Going Forward Buses, and for GoRide before that.
Saturday June 3rd 2017
The 142 route has Saturday journeys for the first time! It's a while since Thames Travel withdrew Saturday services from Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hill, but we are hoping to win back passengers on the route, which runs direct to and from Reading via Caversham.
May 18th 2017
Going Forward Buses was invited to the annual Streatley Assembly, featuring various local community organisations. Thanks to John Fung for helping to man the stand.
May 15th 2017
The new service to Caversham and Reading starts today, with the first journey leaving Goring at 07.35. There are initially four return journeys on Mondays to Fridays, but a Saturday Service of three return journeys will be introduced from June 3rd.
April 7th 2017
Surprise surprise! The identical twin of bus SF06BLZ has been found and today is welcomed to the fleet! Watch out for SLF06BLX - apart from the number plate there is very little difference although it does have one more seat than its twin. Both were built in the same batch at the same time, one after the other, but it's many years since they were seen together! Thanks to our friends at SB Engineering in Woodcote for speedily getting it back to tip-top condition.
Its first run, today, was to test out the new route scheduled to be introduced in mid May, from Goring through Pangbourne, Whitchurch, Whitchurch Hill and Cray's Pond to Caversham and Reading (Blagrave Street) with three journeys continuing to the Tesco Superstore in Napier Road. Watch out for more details of this Monday to Friday four-times-a-day service, coming soon!
Easter services: Good Friday and Easter Monday - sorry, no service. Easter Saturday - normal Saturday service.
Saturday 22nd April is St George's Day and celebrations in Wallingford mean that the Market Place will be closed to traffic from 10.00 to 16.00. During this time buses will pick up and set down in High Street opposite the Library/Museum. If coming from the Market Place, go to the traffic lights at the crossroads next to Waitrose and turn left. It's less than five minutes from there to the bus stop. Please note that should the closure times be altered and the Market Place is open to traffic, buses will revert to the regular stops outside Corn Exchange or Town Hall.
For information on Beale Park and Salters Steamers, see the new pages elsewhere on the website!
March 20th 2017
Please don't rely on the big Corn Exchange clock in Wallingford Market Place! It's running over five minutes slow, so if you go by that time you'll miss the bus!
March 16th 2017
Check out the new website page 'Chiltern Society Maps' showing a variety of walks around Goring - and better still, check them out for real! Some of the walks can be shortened a bit by catching the bus.
March 15th 2017
Going Forward Buses has got a mention in the April issue of Buses magazine - and last Friday's Henley Standard too.
February 24th 2017
Thanks to all who used the 'relief' bus today, it made running it feel worthwhile, and we are very thankful for your support! More good news is that we have managed to get spare keys made for both buses - unfortunately GoRide didn't have them but our friends at Cordwallis have got duplicate sets for us and successfully managed to programme them in Goring station car park today so they are definitely working!
February 21st 2017
It's all happening! Yesterday we successfully launded the new schools service and this morning the Traffic Commissioners called giving approval for the bus to run into Goring village centre, with immediate effect! No timings have changed, except that on the way to Goring most services will operate in a loop through the vilage before terminating at the station forecourt as usual. This means easy access to the Surgery, Community Centre, Library, the High Street shops, the river, Streatley and various cafes and pubs! Journeys to Wallingford continue to run via the usual route (except will run the full length of Lockstile Way and Milldown Avenue instead of Lockstile Mead), but you are welcome to join the bus as it passes through the village on its inward journey to the station. See the website for the new timetable (or collect one from the bus) and hop on board soon!
February 20th 2017
Today we welcome Wallingford School students to the service. Oxfordshire County Council has asked us to help transport four pupils who live in North Stoke, and two who live in Mongewell. Don't be surprised if you see them on the 08.00 from Goring and 15.40 from Wallingford.
February 18th 2017
Just got the statistics for the week - we've smashed through the 500 journeys mark with 510 recorded since last Monday. Thanks for all your support!
February 14th 2017
Happy Valentine's Day - and welcome to bus number three! All the way from St Austell in Cornwall, it's a new home at Going Forward Buses for this 16 seater minibus. It needs to be checked over by the garage but it looks to be in good shape, and should be very useful as back up bus to the other two. We're doing all we can to make the service as reliable as possible!
February 13th 2017
Week two of the new service saw a slight increase in passengers including some 'new faces' so thanks to everyone who has been spreading the word. See the new web page for ideas for walks from the bus - some very short and some a bit longer! It's a great way to help the bus (especially if you're a concessionary pass holder, or if you buy a £4 single) and get a bit of exercise in our beautiful countryside too.
February 10th 2017
A hectic day with both buses operating, but all journeys completed and within five minutes of time. Thanks to Breyan from Moulsford Parish Council for his support - see photo on facebook! Investigated a possible extension of the new 133 route to Berinsfield - watch out for more news of this later!
February 10th 2017
New 133 service starts today. The white bus is back in service and has already set off on its first journey to Wallingford before crossing the bridge officially for the first time with the 09.00 Goring to Moulsford.
February 7th 2017
We're into the second week of the new service; all went well last week and thanks to everyone who supported us. Timetables are now available for the Fridays only 133 Moulsford and Streatley service which starts this Friday 10th February (including some extra journeys on the 134 route) - you can get them from Goring Library and Community Information Centre, and other outlets soon - or see the 133 page elsewhere on the website.
February 4th 2017
The new Saturday service is now in operation, with four extra journeys each way! The first bus from Goring is at 08.00, last bus 17.15; the first bus from Wallingford is at 08.40, last bus 17.45 - the same as during the week! Plenty more journey opportunities are now available on Saturdays as a result of this change.
Newsletter No 2 is now available - see the newsletter pages on the website, or sign up to receive it through email by sending a message to email@example.com
February 3rd 2017
Successful test run of the new 133 Moulsford and Streatley service that will run every Friday from next week (10th). This will also mean more buses on Friday mornings on the 134 route so no danger of being left behind on the 09.15 or 10.15 - another bus will be along in a few minutes!
January 30th 2017
The new service commenced today including the additional journeys from Goring station at 16.15 and 17.15, returning from Wallingford Market Place at 16.40 and 17.45. There's a special introductory offer on these new services - you can travel on them for just the normal child fare (which is half the adult fare!). Also after 11.00 there's a special offer for families - if an adult buys a £4 single, one or two children (5-15) can travel with them for free! But not before 11.00, and you can't travel on the 15.40 from Wallingford, but you can use any other service after 11.00. See the Special Offers page for more details.
January 29th 2017
Check out the new Fridays only service operating from Friday February 10th, serving Moulsford and Streatley, as well as giving a greater choice of morning services from Goring and the Stokes to Wallingford. The timetable now has its own page on the website.
January 28th 2017
Farewell to GoRide's Oxfordshire services - they have confirmed that I was their last passenger, getting off at Goring on today's final 14.15 Wallingford to Goring run. Thanks GoRide for four and a half years of excellent service!
January 27th 2017
Permission has been granted by the Traffic Commissioners for a Fridays only service which will help to relieve the capacity problems on the 09.15 and 10.15 buses from Goring, and also the 11.40 bus from Wallingford. Additional services will run from Goring just on Fridays, starting Friday 10th February, at 09.30 and 10.30, with an extra service from Wallingford at 12.40. There will also be three services serving Moulsford and Streatley (numbered 133). Details of these new 133/134 Friday services will be added to the timetable section of the website soon!
January 26th 2017
Permits for the two buses and permission from the Traffic Commissioners to run the service from 30th January confirmed today, so it's definitely All Systems Go from Monday!
January 22nd 2017
New timetables now available!
The new timetable leaflets for the service from 30th January 2017 are out - please pick up a copy:
On the bus
At Goring station
At Goring Library
At Goring Community Information Centre
At Streatley Youth Hostel
At South Stoke Village Shop
At South Stoke Perch & Pike Pub/Restaurant
At Wallingford Visitor Information Centre
At Wallingford Library
At Wallingford Museum
If you visit any of these locations and find that they have run out, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure more are made available as soon as possible!