Coronavirus - service levels

updated Monday 6 July

service change Monday 6 July

We will be increasing services back to normal levels for most routes from Monday 6 July. Click here for full details. The table below shows the current timetables and will be updated once the new timetables are in effect. 

As restrictions have been relaxed, our service levels have increased. The table below shows the current timetables for each service.

As further restrictions are removed, we we will change our services accordingly. With social distancing expected to remain in place for a while, reduced seating capacity (currently 25% on all buses) remains, however, the latest “one metre plus” guidance means that with low rates of infection in most communities, the mandatory wearing of face coverings, and the short nature of many journeys, we can now allow the unmarked rows of seats to be used as well, up to 50% capacity. If you can travel outside of 'peak' commuter times, we still recommend that you do so. We are monitoring all journeys and using spare buses and drivers where possible to ensure that you can still travel on time and in maximum safety with full two metre distancing.  When further service level changes are expected, we will post them here and have links on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  

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We have done lots during the Coronavirus pandemic to keep both our employees and customers safe, whilst also providing transport for those needing our services.

This has ranged from reducing, and subsequently increasing, services as restrictions have been implemented and then relaxed.

We have implemented lots of measures to protect everyone such as increased cleaning and the installation of hand sanitiser units on all buses - click here for the full list of measures

Newbury & District and Kennections

Newbury & District service 1a/1c are running a special, reduced, timetable due to low usage. Click here for the times

Currently, all Kennections services and route 103, are running to their normal timetables.

new Reading Buses timetables from Monday 6 July

Please remember as of Monday 15 June, it is a legal requirement for you to wear a face covering when travelling on our buses.

route notes timetable
jet black back to normal frequency, but with an amended timetable click here for times
lime 2/2a back to normal frequency, but with an amended timetable click here for times
leopard 3 back to normal. Diversion due to Nine Mile Ride works will return, but the leopard shuttle will not. The leopard X3 will also return! click here for times
lion 4/X4 back to normal click here for times
emerald 5 roughly back to normal with small tweaks to previous timetables click here for times
emerald 6/6a roughly back to normal with small tweaks to previous timetables click here for times
tiger 7 back to normal (but running the 'non-schooldays' version) click here for times
leopard 8/9 back to normal  click here for times
bronze 11 back to normal, except that the Sunday evening service departures from 8.15pm from Friar Street (and return from Coley Park) will all move 10 minutes earlier with an additional 11.05pm journey implemented.  No change on weekdays. click here for times
orange 13/14 orange 13 back to normal, but will be using the non-schoolday variants. Orange 14 has some small tweaks in the afternoon Mondays to Fridays. Fri/Sat late night journeys still suspended click here for times
sky blue 15 back to normal frequency but with a new timetable - buses return to IKEA click here for times
sky blue 16 back to normal frequency but with a new timetable click here for times
purple 17 back to normal frequency but with a new timetable. Some Fri/Sat late night journey suspended click here for times
little oranges 19a/b/c back to normal timetable but with 19b evening journeys suspended click here for times
claret 21 back to normal but with some late night Fri/Sat journeys suspended. Claret 21a still suspended. click here for times
pink 22 new timetable and route change due to road restrictions  click here for times
berry 23/24 new timetable and route change due to road restrictions  click here for times
pink 25 new timetable and route change due to road restrictions  click here for times
yellow 26 back to normal with new timetable - buses return to IKEA click here for times
little berries 27/29 new timetable and route change due to one way system in Caversham click here for times
royal blue 33 back to normal click here for times
buzz 42 remains on a Saturday service Monday to Saturday click here for times
greenwave no change click here for times
Connect-Henley service no longer runs N/A
Winnersh Triangle park & ride back to normal click here for times
Green Line 702/703 Green Line 702 returns on normal timetable from Saturday 4 July. Green Line 702 will use a new stop at London Victoria. 703 back to normal from Monday 6 July. click here for times