Council saves Slough bus routes

Published: 22 December 2017

Slough Borough Council can confirm it has contracted Reading Buses to provide full bus services across routes 4, 5 and 6 from 20 January 2018.

Following talks with bus operators, and Heathrow, the council has signed a contract with Reading Buses that will guarantee residents and commuters experience no break in service.

The council secured the contract by exercising its emergency powers to save routes set to be cancelled or heavily cut back by First Berkshire. The contract will be jointly funded by the council and Heathrow.

As of Saturday 20 January, Reading Buses, who will trade under the ‘Thames Valley’ name in Slough, will provide the following services:

  • Service 4 (Slough-Bath Road-Maidenhead)
  • Service 5 (Slough-Chalvey-Cippenham Green-Cippenham)
  • Service 6 (Slough-Wexham Court-Knolton Way)

Councillor Martin Carter, cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “We are delighted to have secured Reading Buses to provide unbroken services to residents and commuters across the borough in the new year.

“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.

“Many of our residents and businesses rely on bus services on a daily basis to make their journeys around Slough and to surrounding areas, including Heathrow. Our bus users can now rest assured that their routes are secure, whether commuting to Heathrow for work, or travelling to their local GP for a doctor’s appointment.”

Martijn Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer of Reading Buses, said: “We are delighted to be bringing our award winning approach to local bus service delivery to Slough. This builds upon our recent work to take on the long-standing Green Line 702 London service from 27 December and further supports the vision of the leading economic forums across our region for strong and integrated local transport links across the Thames Valley.
“We’re a local Berkshire based company with operations across four boroughs and Slough is a good adjacent fit with this. We look forward to serving the people of Slough and working with Slough Borough Council and other stakeholders to support and develop these important bus services.”

The council is currently looking to meet the needs of students at Churchmead School who previously relied on service 10/11 to make their journey. Discussions will be ongoing in the new year.