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Bus Firm Makes Changes To Caversham Plans

Reading Buses says it's made changes to its proposals for services to Caversham, after concerns from people living there.

 MP Matt Rodda's said there were worries about the impact the axing of some services would have on the elderly and isolated.
 
The firm says it's listened 'loud and clear' - and it's made a number of alterations to the plans, as well as extending the time frame in which you can comment.
 
The proposals now read:
 
1. The pink 22 Caversham Heights loop will revert to including Woodcote and Highmoor Roads.
The proposed enhancement will use short length double deckers to operate every 20 minutes (rather than every 30 minutes), which will provide plenty of capacity on both decks for all users. The company continues to propose the re-routing of pink 22 along Oakley Road and Hemdean Road as a critical link in joining the 22 to replace the remainder of the existing pink 24.
 
2.   A brand new pink 24 route, specifically designed for concessionary pass holders/off peak daytime customers.
This service will only run during the weekday daytime after the commuter peak. It will run to and from Emmer Green, Caversham Centre and Caversham Heights, Albert Road in a loop - this route will not run into Central Reading.
 
This will enable access to both Balmore Park and Emmer Green surgeries from Caversham Heights and Emmer Green. The new route will serve St Barnabas Church, Rotherfield Way, along Hemdean Road into Caversham Centre (for the Surgery, shops and other amenities) and continuing into Caversham Heights to link The Mount and Albert Road for both the Cloisters and the new A2 Dominion Extra care home property. Blenheim Road and Priest Hill stops will also be served, as they are today, by the nearby Going Forward 142 bus and morning peak journeys on the Thames Travel X39/40.
 
3.  Pink 23 will now be re-routed to run via CavershamCentre 7 days a week, along Gosbrook Road and into Reading via Caversham Bridge following many requests from residents.
 
Pink 23 will still run via Station North after crossing Caversham Bridge. The new route will allow people to have a direct bus to Caversham Centre, rather than having to interchange with pink 25 at Kiln Road. Pink 23 will still serve the station, but by crossing Caversham Bridge after serving Caversham Centre. Only morning and evening weekday peak time ‘commuter’ journeys from Caversham Park, will operate fast via Reading Bridge to the Northern Interchange.
 
4.  Capacity on pink 25 will be kept under review, with greater use of double deck buses if loadings require. The route will continue to be diverted into Emmer Green as per the original plans.
 
A proposal to enhance the routing of the 27/29 to provide a direct link from Amersham Road to/from Caversham Centre in both directions (removing the current need to travel on a loop via Central Reading), and a two-way route along Friar Street, still remains.
 
You've now got until November 10 to comment on the proposals - you can do so here.

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