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Community minibuses to replace local bus services due to council cuts

West Berkshire Community Hospital and Park House school among routes affected

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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Community minibus services will start across the district on September 5 to replace buses axed as a result of West Berkshire Council budget cuts.

Bus services to Park House School, Newbury, and also the West Berkshire Community Hospital are among those affected.

Rural routes will be served by three new mini-buses purchased with Government funding and provided by Kennections, owned by Reading Buses. 

The replacement minibuses will serve local destinations including Greenham, Wash Common and Park House School; Kintbury, Inkpen and Hungerford; Lambourn and the Lambourn Valley villages.

Also among routes served by the minibuses will be Hermitage; Hamstead Norreys; Compton; East and West Ilsley; and Thatcham via London Road and West Berkshire Community Hospital.

Martijn Gilbert, chief executive officer of Kennections, said: “We look forward to being able to develop the services further in conjunction with the council and encourage more people to consider using the bus network for their local journeys.”

Timetables are available at, WBC off-ices, libraries and also from the patient information point at West Berkshire Community Hospital.

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  • spikey


    26/08/2016 - 13:01

    On the 104 from tadley which was packed and people on this bus are angry and disgusted people in Brampton, are angry, mini bus won't be of any good not enough space it will be cramped, and older generation with walking frames and shopping won't be any room to sit plus timings is a joke. People in tadley won't be able to get to Newbury on a direct route they either have to go into basingstoke hospital and changed for the link, or go into central reading and wait for jet black bus. In all weather could be waiting near a hour. No councilor wants to help people in the community nor Richard benyon. A councilor who lives in Brimpton that every house hold as two cars, but people that can not drive due to illness or disability use the bus. Wbc feeding there own pockets and London getting richer and outside London is suffering and Teresa May from Berkshire. I been in contact with this nwn showed the reporter timetables and how it will affect people in the long run


  • MrsGM

    25/08/2016 - 15:03

    Why wasn't this tendered, community transport owned and operated by Reading buses how does this work ?


    • Sausages

      26/08/2016 - 08:08

      Like with every other service the tories have cut funding for public transport. I doubt very few bus companies would have been able, or wanted to try to operate service with the level of financial support being offered by the council. Reading Buses is going to be operating the Thatcham town routes commercially (with no financial support from the council). Something that other operators, such as Newbury & District, may also have been unwilling or unable to do.