West Berkshire Council

Transport Service Changes or Disruption

Planned public transport changes, disruption information and contacting operators

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Service changes August to September 2021

From 31 August 2021 there will be some changes to local bus services in West Berkshire. Many of the changes are to assist with making sure that your bus services operate more reliably so you can continue to use buses to get to where you need to get to. Please ensure you have checked the latest timetable information available, the travel guide will be updated shortly. 

Please also be aware that changes to public bus services may happen at short notice, so check with the applicable operator before travelling.

A summary of the main changes are given below:

Newbury & District

From 31 August 2021 changes to following routes operated under contract to West Berkshire Council will be implemented:

  • 2 - Newbury to Wash Common/Tesco/Pigeons Farm - the last journey to Wash Common and Tesco will return via Greenham to Newbury as route 8
  • 3 - Newbury to Hungerford - minor timetable changes to improve punctuality and reliability
  • 4 - Newbury to Lambourn - minor timetable changes to improve punctuality and reliability
  • 6 - Newbury to East/West Ilsley - minor timetable changes to improve punctuality and reliability, earlier finish time
  • 8 - Newbury to Tesco via Greenham - timetable changes to improve punctuality and reliability, earlier finish time
  • 9 - Newbury Town Centre to Newbury Racecourse - minor timetable changes to improve punctuality and reliability

Reading Buses

Services 15, 16, 26, 33, Jet Black 1 and Lime 2 - the timetables for some of Reading Buses services will be changing from 31 August 2021. For the latest timetables, please see the Reading Buses website

Football services that operate on match-days only to Reading's Madjeski Stadium have resumed.

Please be aware that Reading Buses are accepting cash on their services but they are not giving change.


The Link - there are some minor changes to this service.

Thames Travel

Service BB3 - from September 2021 this service will resume as a public bus service.

West Berkshire Council Transport Services

Service 47 - From 4 September 2021 the service will resume operating on Saturdays to the same timetable as Monday to Fridays.

Other Public Transport Services

National Express are running services to a reduced timetable. See the National Express website for more details. At the present time National Express are not calling at Newbury Wharf.

Trains services that operate in West Berkshire maybe subject to change, often at short notice, updated information can be found on the Great Western Railway (GWR) website.

Safer travel and face coverings

The UK government has issued safer travel guidance for passengers during the COVID-19 outbreak. When queuing for your bus, and while on board, try to keep a safe distance away from other people where practicable.

In England it is expected and recommended that you should wear a face covering on public transport and dedicated home-to-school transport. However, some public transport operators may make the wearing of a face covering a condition of travel (unless you are exempt), please check with operators before you travel.

Services on Bank Holidays and during travel disruption

If you are planning to travel by public transport on bank holidays, during bad weather or during other periods of disruption, please use the Traveline journey planner which has regularly updated information.

We also post available updates on the Connect West Berkshire Twitter feed. 

You can also check with the bus or train company you will be using to make sure they are running. Please see the contact details listed above. 

Road closures and bus stop suspensions

At times essential utility work and highway improvement works can cause disruptions to bus services. This can include bus stop suspensions and services having to divert from scheduled routes.

Details of any works which could have a major impact on West Berkshire Council contracted services will be posted on this page.

Contacting local bus and train operators

You can find details of the major bus and train operators in West Berkshire, and links to their website and contact details, below:

Who To Contact