It has come to our attention that if you do an internet search for the 142, you may be directed to an old (2013) Thames Travel timetable. Unfortunately Thames Travel tell us they are not able to remove it - apparently it will be there for eternity. Please ignore it, the correct timetable is shown below, and traveline also has the correct times. Sorry for any confusion but the worldwideweb is outside of our control (or anyone elses according to Thames Travel!!)
Timing changes - and an extra service - from Thursday August 17th
The new service is now in operation! A special thanks to our band of volunteers from Goring - and some well known faces from Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hill - who are helping to run the new evening service from Reading at 18.15. Don't let them drive on their own!
Also some journeys now run via Woodcote - there's also a map below showing which roads they run along. You can get on or off at any safe place - please give a clear hand signal to the driver or let them know in good time if you want to get off.
You'll find a map showing the route all the journeys use through Caversham Heights - you can board or alight anywhere along the route where it is safe to do so; waiting at the bus stops to be picked up is best, but please do give a clear hand signal to the driver as Reading Buses and Thames Travel also use these stops so we don't stop unless hailed.
Early morning and early evening services for Upper Basildon
The 07.20 Mondays to Fridays journey from Goring will now runs via Upper Basildon (Emery Acres dep 07.34), then rejoining the normal route to Pangbourne, Whitchurch, Whitchurch Hill, Crays Pond, Cane End and Caversham Library to Reading Blagrave Street, due 08.27. This will compensate for the loss of the early morning Thames Travel service. Thames Travel's 143 service continues to serve Pangbourne and Upper Basildon later in the day.
And now there is also a later return journey from Reading (Tesco 18.15, Blagrave Street 18.20), which will run on request to Upper Basildon too. You can also board the bus at Pangbourne George Hotel at 18.50 or Pangbourne Station forecourt at 18.51. Let the driver know you want to go to Upper Basildon as if no one wants to go there they'll head straight back to Goring via Lower Basildon and Streatley. Please note that this service may run a little later from Pangbourne depending on the route taken between Reading and Crays Pond, which is flexible according to where passengers on the bus when it passes Cane End want to be dropped off.
What's the route in Woodcote?
The 142B service runs along Goring Road, passing the Co-op and War Memorial, then along Reading Road past Langtree School before turing into Greenmore to Greenmoor Hill and then down Long Toll to Goring Heath (B4526).
The 142C does the same but instead of going through Greenmore and Greenmoor Hill runs straight to the main A4074 for a fast run into Reading.
The 18.15 from Tesco (18.20 from Blagrave Street) will run on request to set down at any point on the 142, 142A, 142B or 142C routes. Just tell the driver when you board where you would like to get off so that they can plan the most suitable route accordingly!
What's the route in Caversham Heights?
The 142 follows the yellow highlighted route from Caversham Library northwards... you can board or alight at any bus stop but please do give a clear hand signal to the driver if you wish to board, and let them know in good time if you want to get off. AND it's only £1.50 adult single for any journey between Shepherd's Lane (the Oxfordshire boundary) and Blagrave Street/Tesco King's Meadow no matter how long or short!
Travelling from Cleeve?
The 09.50 service to Reading will start from Cleeve ten minutes earlier at 09.42, serving the usual 134 route via Springhill Road, Icknield Road (Scout Hut), Elvendon Road, Milldown Avenue and Lockstile Way. You can stay on the bus when it reverses at Goring railway station and travel through to Goring village or onwards to Streatley, Pangbourne, Whitchurch, Caversham and Reading. The 12.15 from Goring has a good connection out of the 11.40 from Wallingford, and the 11.10, 13.40 and 16.10 from Reading all have good connections at Goring railway station with 134 services to Cleeve, the Stokes and Wallingford.
Printed copies of the new timetables (as above) are now available - currently on the buses, and also at Goring Library, the Community Centre, and Goring Railway Station and Pangbourne Library (while stocks last!).
Travelling from Wallingford?
Most 142 services have good connections at Goring station to or from the 134 Wallingford service. If you want to catch the 09.50 from Goring, you can catch the 09.25 from Wallingford: on Mondays to Fridays this is a 133 service (via Moulsford) so you'll need to change buses at Streatley traffic lights - just cross the road and wait on the other side near to the telegraph pole with the bus timetables on it! On Saturdays it's a through 134 service all the way to Reading leaving Wallingford at 09.25.
Bus Links between Reading Town Centre, Caversham and Tesco King's Meadow
Reading buses operate a service from Caversham Waitrose to Tesco and Reading Town Centre on Mondays to Fridays, which may be of use if you want to visit more than one of these locations. Details of the service (28 or 28A) are shown below, but please check with Reading Buses as we may not be informed of any changes.
Also Horseman Coaches operate a free bus on behalf of Tesco on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving the store every 20 minutes from 09.47 to 14.07, serving Forbury Road, Minster Street, St Marys Butts and Friar Street. Details are available on the bus - ask the driver for a timetable. Please note: this service does not operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays.
The fares on the new service are shown below. Most fares are lower than the current Thames Travel singles and returns - and child fares (5-15 year olds) are just half the adult fares. These fares are entirely dependant on the service being used by a good number of people, including concessionary pass holders, as there is no direct subsidy. Please help us to keep the fares low by using the bus as much as possible!