Council in talks to save bus routes

Published: 01 December 2017

Slough Borough Council is holding talks with a number of bus operators to continue to deliver services across routes that have been cut by the current provider, First Berkshire.

First has announced a number of recent timetable and route changes, and will cancel some services altogether. These cuts will affect Slough as well as neighbouring authorities, and Heathrow airport.

As of Saturday 20 January, First will implement the following changes and cancellations:

  • Service 1 (Slough-Farnham Road-Britwell) Minor timetable changes
  • Service 2 (Slough-Windsor-Clewer-Dedworth) Service being withdrawn
  • Service 4 (Slough-Bath Road-Maidenhead) Revised timetable that will see some evening journeys dropped
  • Service 5 (Slough-Chalvey-Cippenham Green-Cippenham) Service being withdrawn
  • Service 7 (Slough-Langley-Heathrow) Revised timetable to operate every 15 minutes
  • Service 10/11 (Slough-Datchet-Wraysbury-Heathrow) Service being withdrawn
  • Service 15 (Slough-Eton-Eton Wick) Service being withdrawn

The following services have been running on a revised timetable since 25 November:

  • Service 3 (Slough-Langley-Iver-Iver Heath-Uxbridge)
  • Service 6 (Slough-Wexham Park-Knolton Way)
  • Service 12 (Slough-Slough Trading Estate-Priory Estate-Burnham)
  • Service 13 (Slough-Slough Trading Estate-Haymill Road)

Councillor Martin Carter, cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “We are acutely aware that the changes recently made by First Berkshire, and those that will take place in January, have a massive and detrimental effect on the residents and businesses of Slough and its surrounding areas.

“Large numbers of our residents and businesses rely on public transport on a daily basis to make their journeys around the borough and to surrounding areas, including Heathrow airport. Without these services people will be left effectively cut off. The council has acted immediately and hopes to secure an operator who is able to take on one or more of these services, enabling people to continue to use public transport to reach their desired locations.”

The council will first look to seek an alternative provider to deliver Service 5 between Slough bus station and Cippenham, before addressing further services.

Negotiations are ongoing and the council will provide further updates in the coming weeks.