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Replacement bus routes will better connect communities

Published: Friday, 12th January 2018

Communities across the borough will be better connected after the council helped agree a series of improved bus routes to replace a number of services set to discontinue.

Three new routes, serving residents, workers, visitors and school children, will begin in the next two weeks – in time to leave no break in service when the First Bus routes 2, 10/11 and 15 cease.

The replacement routes and timetables have been created to better meet the needs of residents who rely on public transport and off the back of requests from resident groups.

Courtney Buses will provide routes on each of the three lines which will be numbered 2, 10 and 15/15A.

Reading Buses, trading as Thames Valley, will also provide a number of journeys on the number 2, alongside Courtney Buses.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and Windsor, said: “The new routes we have managed to secure will keep communities well-connected and were developed after listening to residents and working to meet their needs.

“This will ensure children can still safely get to school, workers can still get to their jobs and people needing to get out and about can do so in a convenient way, without any break in service.

“By looking at the needs of the communities served by the previous routes we have been able to change these routes to provide quicker, more direct services and create better connections between areas.”

Simon Fisher, general manager of Courtney Buses, said: “As the provider of many other bus routes within the Royal Borough, we are delighted to be able to strengthen our network with the addition of these new routes.

“We enjoy a very good reputation for providing comfortable and reliable buses and these innovative and integrated routes will give us the opportunity to welcome new passengers and communities onto our services.

“We will be offering network tickets which will be valid across all our services in the borough and beyond.”

Reading Buses’ chief executive officer Martijn Gilbert said: “Operating under our new ‘Thames Valley’ brand and with high quality modern buses with leather seats and free Wi-Fi, we are delighted to be introducing a replacement service for Dedworth that supplements the work of the borough in procuring other replacement services.

"This also builds upon our recent work to take on the Green Line 702 route. These two services will now jointly provide a two-bus per hour service between Windsor and Slough, helping to maintain and improve critical commuter, shopper and leisure links”.

Heathrow’s head of surface access Chris Joyce said: “Working with our neighbours in Windsor and Maidenhead to maintain these key transport links will help to ensure that the area continues to be a great place to live and work.

“These local transport routes make it easier for passengers and colleagues to access the airport via sustainable public transport, encouraging people out of their cars and onto buses.

“Having these options helps to reduce congestion and improve air quality within the local community.”

The routes were procured by Heathrow with the council and its highways partner Project Centre.

Route 2 will begin from 30 January and now run from Dedworth, via Windsor, to Slough.

Route 10 will begin from 20 January and now run from Dedworth, through to Heathrow Terminal 5, via Windsor, Datchet, Sunnymeads, Wraysbury and Poyle.

Route 15/15A will  begin from 20 January and now run from Maidenhead through to Taplow, Dorney, Eton Wick, Eton and Slough.

Full timetables for the new routes will soon be available on both bus operators’ websites.

In addition Reading Buses has already taken on route 702 from First Bus and alongside their Thames Valley route 2 will also provide a replacement for LEGOLAND service 200 during school holiday times.

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