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Thames Travel, Reading Buses and West Berkshire Council offer free bus travel over Easter

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It will be free to ride the bus on select routes over the Easter weekend.

Between April 15 and April 18, most bus travel journeys in West Berkshire will be completely free of charge.

This initiative has been developed by West Berkshire Council in partnership with Reading Buses and Thames Travel and will be valid on any Reading Buses, Newbury & District, and Thames Travel services within West Berkshire.

The free travel will be subject to specific routes. Picture by: Reading Buses
The free travel will be subject to specific routes. Picture by: Reading Buses

CEO of Reading Buses and Newbury and District Robert Williams said: “We are delighted to be working with West Berkshire on this proactive scheme to encourage more people to visit the area in an easy and environmentally friendly way."

services in the Newbury and Thatcham area will also operate on both Good Friday and Easter Monday, as well as Easter Saturday.

These additional services will be provided on routes 1a, 1c, 2, 8 and 9 with a Saturday timetable.

Sunday services will operate on routes Jet Black 1, Lime 2/a, 15, 16, 26 and 33 on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

The 143 service by Thames Travel will be operating on Easter Saturday.

The council’s executive member for planning, transport and countryside councillor Richard Somner said: “We are really happy to announce this fantastic partnership with the bus companies in the local area to offer free transport to residents in West Berkshire.

“The feedback from the initiative over Christmas was very well received with residents and businesses as it demonstrated an increase in passengers using the bus and an increase in footfall to the towns and businesses.”

He added: “We hope residents take advantage of this free service again over the Easter weekend as it will help reduce their own carbon footprint with less cars on the road and ensure the future use of bus services in the area.”

The full list of valid routes can be found on the Council website

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