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.
No services on routes 133, 134, 137, 138 or 142 on Bank Holiday Monday August 28th, but we will be running a Sunday service on route 144 Goring to Reading via Basildon Park, Beale Park, Pangbourne, Purley and Oxford Road. 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.
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 the road will reopen on August 31st!
Thursday 17th August onwards
Just a reminder that 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 Blagrave Street at 18.20. 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 - again!
Sorry the 12.15 Goring to Reading 142 is also a bit delayed.... running around 20 minutes late for which we do apologise. Hopefully services for the rest of the day should be more or less on time.
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!
From Thursday 17th August, the road between Lower Basildon and Upper Basildon (Park Wall Lane) is expected to reopen. We are taking the opportunity to make a few little changes to the 142 service - plus one big change - there will be an additonal later journey on the route, leaving Goring station at 17.15 and returning from Reading at 18.15 (Tesco), 18.20 (Blagrave Street). There are some timing changes during the day as most services will run via Woodcote. The revised timetable can be found on the website on the 142 page, and will be available on the buses from Thursday 10th.
Following last week's introduction of the new 138 service from Wallingford to Shillingford Hill, Dorchester and Berinsfield roundabout, this week sees the commencement of our new Tuesday 137 service from Wallingford via RAF Benson and Ewelme to Watlington. Two return journeys will operate in the morning as a trial to see if there is enough demand to justify the possible introduction of more regular services in the future.
The new 144 Sunday service from Goring to Reading via Beale Park and Basildon Park starts on Sunday 30th August. There are four return journeys, connecting with trains at Goring (which has lifts or level access to all platforms and is not usually affected by engineering work sometimes requiring replacement buses from Tilehurst to Pangbourne). You can also travel by train to Pangbourne, Tilehurst or Reading as the bus passes close to all three stations. Between Pangbourne and Reading the service goes via Purley and the Oxford Road, parts of which have not been served for many years. Due to bad weather we haven't been able to put timetables for the new service at bus stops between Pangbourne and Reading yet (except at Blagrave Street) but the service will be running ever Sunday from 30th July onwards and observes all normal bus stops along the weekday Thames Trasvel 143 route on request.
The new improved 133 service starts on Monday 24th July. 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!
Coming soon! There will be some changes to services before the end of July (subject to approval of the Traffic Commissioners) - see below for a summary; full details of the new timetables can be found under the relevant service pages on the website.
We're also running to Shillingford Hill and Dorchester from Goring and Walllingford three days a week from 31st July - see the new service 138 page for more information.
Thursday June 22nd
The RAF are having a 'Freedom March' in Wallingford from 3.30 to 5 p.m. and a number of streets including Wallingford Bridge itself will be closed. This will affect the 15.40 and 16.40 Wallingford to Goring services; these services will pick up at the Old Police Station, about five minutes walk from the Market Place, at 15.45 and 16.45. The 16.15 Goring to Wallingford will not be able to run over Wallingford bridge; any passengers for Crowmarsh will be dropped at Crowmarsh Church on request, and the bus will then proceed back via the Wallingford by-pass and Winterbrook to the Old Police Station.
Saturday June 17th
Very sorry that one of the buses developed a little problem this morning and as a result we were unable to run the 09.50, 10.40 and 11.50 Wallingford to Goring and the 10.15 and 11.25 Goring to Wallingford services. Also sorry we were unable to arrange any alternative transport - due to the Carnival it seemed that all the taxis normally in the Market Place had gone into hiding! Terry, swapping his driver's hat for that of mechanic managed to fix the problem at lunchtime, and we did manage to run the full special two bus service for the rest of the day. If you were affected by any of these cancellations, please contact us by email so we can arrange some suitable compensation.
On Saturday June 17th it's Carnival Day in Wallingford. The Market Place will be closed to all traffic - and parking will be a nightmare! But we're planning a service of two buses an hour between Goring and Wallingford to increase capacity on our services, in a circular route using both the 133 and 134 routes. See the Wallingford Carnival page for more details.
From Saturday June 3rd, the 142 service also runs on Saturdays! It's a few years now since Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hill had a Saturday service, but we're happy to be running three return journeys from Goring to Caversham and Reading via Basildon House, Beale Park, Pangbourne, Whitchurch, Whitchurch Hill and Crays Pond. See the 142 timetable page for full details.
From Friday June 2nd, the 133 Fridays only service is changing - there are now three return journeys on the route from Goring to Wallingford via Moulsford, and these all run via The Coombe giving this long road i Streatley a bus service for the first time ever!
This means the additional 134 Fridays only services from Goring to Wallingford via the Stokes at 09.30 and 10.30 are replaced by services starting from South Stoke at 09.00 and 10.30 which will run via Goring and then on the 133 route to Wallingford. Coming back, the 133 service at 12.15 from Wallingford will continue after Goring station to Cleeve, so you don't need to wait until 13.10 if you want to get back to Cleeve. For full details, see the 133 timetable page.