Newbury & District
With the current Coronavirus situation, we are monitoring how customer numbers are changing. At this moment in time, all Kennections services are operating on their normal timetables.
Newbury & District services 1a/1c will unfortunately be suspended from Monday 6 April due to customer numbers continuing to be extremely low.
If anything else changes, we will inform you both here and on our social media feeds. For details on Reading Buses and the Coronavirus, please click here.
N&D goes temporarily cashless
From Wednesday 1 April, all Newbury & District and Kennections routes will temporarily no longer accept cash to help limit the spread of the virus.
Welcome to information on Newbury & District!
Newbury & District is a name synonymous with public transport in West Berkshire since 1932. 85 years later we’re proud to be providing the very highest levels of service with modern buses and a small team of friendly drivers.
routes and times
Service 1a (circular - use service 1c for the opposite direction)
Thatcham Broadway > Westfield Road > Henwick Lane > West Berkshire Community Hospital > Newbury Wharf.
Newbury Wharf > West Berkshire Community Hospital > Lower Way > The Moors > Thatcham Broadway.
Service 1c (circular - use service 1a for the opposite direction)
Thatcham Broadway > The Moors > Lower Way > West Berkshire Community Hospital > Newbury Wharf
Newbury Wharf > West Berkshire Community Hospital > Henwick Lane > Westfield Road > Thatcham Broadway.
Service 1d now only operates one journey - please use jet black for direct buses between Newbury Wharf and Thatcham Broadway.
Thatcham Broadway > A4 > West Berkshire Community Hospital > A4 > Newbury Wharf.
Greenham Business Park > Tesco Triangle > The Nightingales > Wash Common > Chandos Road > Newbury Wharf
Newbury > The Oaks > Newbury College (103X Schooldays Only)
We also run other services around Newbury and the surrounding area under our Kennections brand - click here for information.
Fares will be brought into line with Reading Buses and Kennections in the Newbury and Thatcham area, with some being increased and others reduced. This will make it easier to use tickets across all services and hopefully help encourage more people to use the buses across our various brands.
All Newbury & District routes (1a, 1c and 103) will become part of the ‘simplyNewbury & Thatcham’ area for day, 7 day and 30 day tickets which are available from the Reading Buses website, Kennections app and Reading bus shop in the Broad Street Mall, Reading.
For journeys between Newbury and Thatcham Broadway on the 1a/1c/jet black and between Bishops Green and Newbury and service 103 the basic flat fares will be:
Boost (18 & under)
routes 1a/1c/jet black
There will still be graduated fares for the 1a/1c and jet black for shorter journeys (and longer journeys on jet black!)
For route 1a/1c fares, click here.
For jet black fares, click here.
There will also be graduated fares for route 103 for shorter journeys.
For route 103 fares, click here.
The great news is that tickets will now be inter-available between Newbury & District and Reading Buses services.
You will be able to buy and use Reading Buses tickets on Newbury & District services - such as the simplyNetwork group ticket - £15 for up to four people to travel all day on weekdays before 9.30am (£10 after 9.30am on weekdays, all day weekends and school & public holidays) – valid on all Reading Buses services including Green Line (to Langley).
The current offer of free travel to concessionary pass holders on Newbury & District services (and 50p on jet black) before 9.30am on weekdays will come to an end, as these journeys are not funded by West Berkshire Council.
Instead, we will be introducing a new offer across the whole simplyNewbury & Thatcham area of travel for £1 before 9.30am on weekdays for concessionary pass holders, including all Reading Buses and Kennections services in that area for the first time.
Free travel will still be valid all day on weekends and public holidays.
We will be introducing Boost to the Newbury & District operation which allows our younger customers to benefit from reduced fares!
Customers aged 18 & under can buy Boost tickets without ID and customers aged 19-21 will be able to buy Boost tickets if they are in full time education at Newbury College on production of their student ID.
Boost allows more customers to benefit from reduced fares, giving them more freedom.
There will be instances where drivers may ask for ID if you appear to be older than 18 – if you are in this age range, it is always advisable to have some form of identification to either show your actual age or to prove you are in full-time education at one of the listed schools or colleges.
Buses will now be able to accept contactless payments.
Simply ask the driver for your ticket and, when prompted, simply tap your contactless bankcard on the reader until the machine beeps and a ticket is issued.
We will also be bringing Newbury & District into the Kennections app. This will allow customers to buy their tickets on their phone in advance of travelling.
Customers can buy a ticket and then activate it when they need it (please note, single tickets have a 30 minute activation window) and then scan it as they board the bus.
dog day rover
We will also be introducing the £1 dog day rover ticket to Newbury & District services. Pay £1 and your four-legged friend can travel with you all day!
Kennections app with N&D
As part of the timetable change, we will be bringing the Newbury & District services into the Kennections app. This will allow customers to view timetables, see live departure times from their favourite stops and track buses on a live map. Customers can also plan their journeys and buy tickets on their phone in advance.
Just search Kennections in the app or play store and download for free.
The Kennections app works just like the Reading Buses app - click here for more information.
All our buses have a wide, step free entrance, making them particularly suitable for wheelchair users, those with restricted mobility and passengers with pushchairs, lots of shopping and/or small children. We do not operate minibuses or crew buses on any of our services.
More information about these and other public transport services is available via the Council's Public Transport website.
Our buses are also available to hire; we offer a range of sizes with vehicles providing up to 86 seats, so please call 01635 33855 or email: [email protected] with your requirements.