big text small text

Route 7 to Fleet

A statement on route 7 to Fleet:

Reading Buses and Stagecoach South today (February 15) confirmed agreement for Reading Buses to acquire part of bus route 7 which currently operates between Aldershot and Reading.

From Monday April 16 Reading Buses will operate the route between Reading and Hartley Wintney, continuing direct into Fleet for onward rail connections.

Stagecoach will continue to operate the southern section of the route between Hartley Wintney and Aldershot with most journeys continuing to provide a through link by buses that are timed to connect at Hartley Wintney.  Plans are being finalized for through tickets to be available.

Both operators confirm there will be some minor timetable changes to their respective sections of the route and full details will be available soon.

Existing Stagecoach season tickets will continue to be accepted by Reading Buses until their expiry.  

Beyond Three Mile Cross the Reading Buses route 7 will become part of their ‘Simply Network’ fare zone with seven day tickets available for £20 and 30 day tickets for £75 (£16 and £61 for under 19s) both online and on the Reading Buses smartphone app.

The deal does not involve the transfer of any employees, but  does include the sale of two Stagecoach vehicles.

Martijn Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer of Reading Buses, said today:  “The northern part of route 7 is a great fit with the Reading Buses network.  Its acquisition will harmonise the current arrangement where we are the operator of evening and Sunday journeys at the Reading end (under contract to Wokingham Borough Council), meaning that we will be able to provide a daily coordinated service to many customers.

“As the Reading travel to work area continues to grow with new housing and other amenities coming on stream, it is important that areas such as Three Mile Cross, Swallowfield, Riseley and Fleet are connected to Reading with good quality and integrated local transport.

“As part of the Reading Buses network we are able to provide this facility and we look forward to further enhancing the service and attracting more people on board the route in this important area of growth.”