Route 142 links Goring and Reading, passing by both Basildon Park and Beale Park, and then running via Pangbourne, Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hill to Caversham, Reading Town Centre and the Tesco Superstore at Kings Meadow. Some journeys also serve Woodcote and Greenmore Hill, and the early morning journey on Mondays to Fridays runs via Upper Basildon. Details are shown below.
Special Note: 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 from Monday November 13th
There are a few tweaks to the timetable from Monday November 13th: more stops will be served in Reading Town Centre so some timings are adjusted by around 5 minutes to allow for this.
Unfortunately we've had to stop running the evening service due to very low usage, in fact for two weeks we had no one at all on the 18.15 from Reading. A special thanks to our band of volunteers which inclued some well known faces from Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hill, and those from Goring, Moulsford and Compton, who helped to run it for the three months since August.
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 service for Upper Basildon
The 07.20 Mondays to Fridays journey from Goring will now run via Upper Basildon (Emery Acres dep 07.32), then rejoining the normal route to Pangbourne, Whitchurch, Whitchurch Hill, Crays Pond, Cane End and Caversham Library to Reading Blagrave Street, due 08.26. 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.
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.
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 09.45 service to Reading will start from Cleeve Scout Hut ten minutes earlier at 09.35, serving the usual 134 route via 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, 13.45 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 09.45 from Goring, you can catch the 09.20 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 09.20.
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 previous 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!