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Travel by jet between Newbury and Thatcham

New bus service running every 15 minutes launched

Travel by jet between Newbury and Thatcham

A NEW bus service linking Newbury with Thatcham was launched on Monday.

The jet red service, named after the colour of the bus, will run every 15 minutes from Monday to Friday, taking in the West Berkshire Community Hospital, and will also operate some late evening and weekend services.

Jet red is part of Reading Buses’ Kennections service which operates buses in the Newbury area and Reading. 

The new service runs alongside the current jet black service, which runs between Newbury and Reading.

Reading Buses chief finance and information officer Tony Pettit said: “We believe that combining jet red and jet black will provide the people of Newbury and Thatcham with a high-quality, reliable link, which will always be there for them, early to late, seven days a week.”

The company is also introducing some new pricing offers.

Regular customers can buy a seven-day ticket for adults for £10 and £7 for passengers aged up to 18. A 30-day ticket costs £40, and £28 for young people.

All tickets can be bought on a smartcard which can be topped up online and using a new Kennections app.

Both jet red and jet black can take payments using contactless cards, Apple Pay and Android Pay.

The timetable can be seen at 

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  • DonCossack

    27/04/2017 - 12:12

    I'd rather get the Newbury and District's 1a,b,c or d.


    • DonCossack

      27/04/2017 - 23:11

      And after writing this comment I actually did get on the Newbury and District bus today and they're doing a spring deal. my ticket was a quid. bargain. Would much rather support the local, newbury based bus company than assist a much larger bus company from out of town attempt to choke the locals out of business. there's actually a bit of a de-regulation era style bus war going on on the a4 between Newbury and Thatcham at the moment. so support your local bus company and if you're getting the bus between newbury and thatcham then get the Newbury and District service.. it's cheaper and it'll support the local economy! haha


      • NewburyLad

        01/05/2017 - 11:11

        Totally agree - support our local Newbury & District bus company who drastically improved the services when they originally took over from Reading Transport years ago. It was a real shame that the council then awarded a contract back to Reading Transport last year.


  • NewburyLad

    27/04/2017 - 10:10

    Spin. It's not a new bus service, it's the same bus service. The 101/102 have been around since last September and combined with the Jet Black have always had a 15 minute frequency between Newbury and Thatcham. All they have done is change the name from Kennections to JetRed and repainted some of the buses. The other bus company, Newbury and District (Kennet Bus), their fares are much cheaper and also run between Newbury and Thatcham to the same kind of frequency. With the 2 companies combined, we have a highly intense service between the two towns and it is a shame that more people are not using them during the week and Saturday. What is not clear is will this rebranded service now start operating on Sundays/Bank Holidays or is that left to just the hourly Jet Black like normal?