Labour councillors have ensured residents faced with the loss of bus services due to Firsts’ decision to withdraw from service a number of routes will have a continued service through securing an agreement with Reading Buses.
Operating under the Thames Valley Buses the service will provide cheaper fares and allow cashless payments on the number 5 route between Slough, Chalvey and Cippenham.
In addition to operating route 5, Thames Valley is also providing evening journeys on route 4 to Maidenhead as well as Sunday and public holiday services on route 6 to Wexham Park. They will also take on the number 2 route Slough to Windsor and Dedworth, building upon the 702 service which was taken on at the end of last year.
And to encourage people onto the modern fleet of bright white, green and red buses fares have been reduced to a maximum £2 single and £4 return, which can also be used as a day ticket.
All fares, including a new £15 weekly ticket, can be purchased from the driver with either cash or a contactless bankcard – a first for local buses in Slough outside the London bus network.
Councillor Martin Carter, Lead Member for Planning and Transport: said:
“We are delighted to have secured Reading Buses under the new title of Thames Valley to provide services to residents and commuters across the borough.
“Reading Buses have been transporting customers in and around Reading for more than 100 years and have a proven track record in providing quality bus services with a strong focus on innovation and customer service.
“Already, despite only operating for 10 days in Slough, we are receiving emails and calls from bus users delighted with the new service.
“I would encourage people to give the new service a go as the improvement is very noticeable and the new fleet of buses are state of the art.”