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Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Changes to West Berkshire's community transport services

Community transport continues to be available in Newbury and Thatcham

Community transport service ReadiBus has notified West Berkshire Council that they will soon cease to provide their transport services in Newbury and Thatcham.

The dial-a-ride service will continue to operate in the east of West Berkshire - which includes Tilehurst and Calcot - for as long as possible.

West Berkshire Council is grateful to Readibus for the service provided, and whilst this is regrettable for passengers who use ReadiBus services in Newbury and Thatcham, we wanted to ensure that those passengers are aware that there are other community transport groups providing services for local residents who are unable to use public transport and need to attend medical appointments or make shopping trips.

Community transport groups operating in Newbury and Thatcham, include:

  • Thatcham Volunteer Bureau: operates a car scheme for residents living in and around Thatcham - including Cold Ash, Crookham, and Woolhampton. To book call: 01635 862306 between 10am and 12 noon Monday to Friday.
  • Volunteer Centre West Berkshire (VCWB): operates a Handybus and a car scheme within Newbury and the surrounding areas.
    • Contact the Car Scheme on: 01635 49004 between 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday.
    • Contact the Handybus (available from mid-April) on: 01635 37111 between 9am and 1pm Monday to Friday.
    • Contact Shopmobility (available from mid-April) on: 01635 523854 between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Saturday. 

Information on all community transport schemes operating in West Berkshire, along with details on other local groups, can be found on the Council's website https://info.westberks.gov.uk/communitytransport