Increased service from Mon 1 June

4 months ago Thu 28th May 2020

We have some great news that we are increasing our service levels from Monday 1 June!

As the government begins the 'proper' easing of lockdown restrictions from this date, we are making plans to ensure that customers can still maintain social distancing when on board our buses. It also means we can accommodate more customers overall as we expect more people to be using our services. 

what's changing?

Most key routes will see around double their current service level - so giving plenty more journeys to allow you to pick the right one for you and keep practising social distancing - even when on the bus. 

The new timetables will be at a level roughly between a 'normal' Saturday and Sunday service, during Mondays to Saturdays. On Sundays, most routes will use their normal Sunday service - except for bronze 11, purple 17, claret 21 and yellow 26 where the current slightly reduced Sunday service will continue.

We've also got more great news for the people of Bracknell as the lion 4 returns to support the lion X4.

The little oranges will continue to run to their current timetables and Winnersh Triangle park & ride and Green Line 702 are still suspended. 

Kennections

There will be no changes to Kennections timetables from Monday 1 June. 

See the table below for the new timetables for your route. 

route details times
jet black Buses will run hourly for most of the day click here for times
lime 2/2a Practically back to normal timetable with some minor tweaks click here for times
leopard 3 Journeys between Reading and Wokingham will at Saturday times. Journeys between Reading and Arborfield will run hourly during the day.  click here for times
lion 4/X4 Lion 4 returns! Both routes will run hourly. Due to Winnersh Triangle park & ride still being suspended, parksaver tickets are valid on the lion between Winnersh and Reading.  click here for times
emerald 5 Increased to run up to every 20 minutes during the day. Overnight service is still suspended.  click here for times
emerald 6 Increased to run up to every 20 minutes during the day. Overnight service is still suspended. Emerald 6a journeys to Tesco will be duplicated to allow extra space for distancing.  click here for times
tiger 7 Saturday timetable Monday to Saturday (but no 9.40pm and 10.50pm departures from Reading on Mon-Fri). Sundays will run to normal Sunday times.   click here for times
leopard 8/9 Buses will run hourly on each route during the day - combining with leopard 3 for a 15 minute service between Reading, the hospital and Christchurch Green.   click here for times
bronze 11 Buses will run every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly during evenings and Sundays. Buses start from Friar Street in Reading - customers will not be able to get on at St Mary's Butts. click here for times
orange 13/14 Both routes will run hourly during the day. There will still be no late night buses on Friday or Saturday. click here for times
sky blue 15 Sky blue 15 will run every 30 minutes during the day and hourly during the evening - buses will not run to IKEA. Sky blue 15a is still suspended. click here for times
sky blue 16 Buses will run every 30 minutes during the day.  click here for times
purple 17 Purple 17 will run every 15 minutes during the day every day of the week, with Monday to Saturday evenings running every 20 minutes. Overnight buses are still suspended.    click here for times
little oranges 19a/b/c No change to current, reduced times and amended route.  click here for times
claret 21 Buses will run every 30 minutes during the day, seven days a week. Buses start from Reading Station - customers will not be able to get on at St Mary's Butts or West St. Overnight buses are still suspended.    click here for times
pink 22 Pink 22 will use the Saturday timetable Mondays to Saturdays. click here for times
berry 23/24 Both services will run hourly during the day Mondays to Saturdays. click here for times
pink 25 Pink 25 will use the Saturday timetable Mondays to Saturdays. click here for times
yellow 26 Buses will run every 30 minutes during the day, seven days a week. Buses will not run to IKEA. Overnight buses are still suspended.    click here for times
little berry 27/29 Little berries will run every 30 minutes Monday to Saturdays during the day as route 29 only. Evening and Sundays will remain as current. click here for times
royal blue 33 Buses will run every 30 minutes during the day. click here for times
Buzz 42 Buzz 42 will run to Saturday times Monday to Saturday. Sundays will run as normal. click here for times
greenwave A special timetable will run Monday to Friday based on a Saturday timetable, but with extra buses than current. Weekends see normal Saturday and Sunday timetables running.  click here for times

The above is great news, and whilst we are not returning to normal timetables yet, this is the first step towards that. Government advice remains to avoid public transport and therefore customer numbers continue to be very low.

By increasing frequencies we can cater for more customers and keep the number of people on each bus to around 25% of the normal seated allowance. We will, of course, have flexibility to enable people from the same household to travel together so we will have temporary, advisory, seating capacities for each vehicle.