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Get around for £2 for your bus journeys

Affordable bus travel for passengers travelling any time of the day.

Posted by: Communications team on 19 January 2023 15:06
2023-get around for £2

We are pleased to announce that bus journeys across West Berkshire are capped at £2 for a single journey and £4 for a return journey until 31 March 2023. 

You may have heard the Government's announcements that a three month fare cap has been introduced across most bus services in England where you can get around for £2. The intention of the fare cap is to provide affordable bus travel for passengers travelling any time of the day. The scheme forms part of the Government's Help for Households campaign, as the new cap can deliver real savings for those most affected by the rising cost of living.

So why not use the bus to get to work, go shopping, attend an appointment, go for a bite to eat in the local eateries, take in some of the outstanding scenery, or meet friends and family.

Cllr Richard Somner, Executive Member for Planning, Transport and Countryside, said:

"This is a welcomed announcement to help passengers save money on their bus journeys especially for those most affected during this cost of living crisis.

"We hope this will encourage more people to consider reducing their carbon footprint by leaving the car at home, especially for those longer journeys where there will be bigger savings made by using the bus with the £2 fare cap.

"This initiative will also help the bus operators continue in their recovery to reach pre-covid levels of usage with more people using the services to ensure they keep running."

Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, said: 

"By helping passengers outside London save almost a third off the average single bus ticket and taking two million cars off the road, the £2 bus fare cap is a fantastic way to start the New Year.

"Buses are a key part of our vision for a clean, efficient and modern transport network that is affordable for everyone. That's why we're investing £60 million to encourage everyone to hop on the bus and 'Get Around for £2'." 

The fare cap will be applied on the following routes across the district:




Jet Black 1

Reading Buses

Newbury to Reading Town Centre

1a, 1c, 1d

Newbury & District

Newbury to Thatcham


Newbury & District

Newbury to Wash Common/Pigeons Farm

2 (Stagecoach)

Stagecoach South

Basingstoke to Tadley/Baughurst

Lime 2 & 2a

Reading Buses

Mortimer to Reading Town Centre


Newbury & District

Newbury to Hungerford


Newbury & District

Newbury to Lambourn

5, 5a, 5c

WBC Connect

Newbury to Downlands Village

6 & 6a

Newbury & District

Newbury to The Ilsleys


Stagecoach South

Newbury to Andover


Stagecoach South

Newbury to Burghclere via Penwood, Woolton Hill & Ball Hill


Newbury & District

Newbury to Greenham/Tesco


Newbury & District

Newbury to Racecourse Development


Reading Buses

Reading Town Centre to IKEA


Reading Buses

Reading Town Centre to Purley On Thames

20, X22

Swindon's Bus Company

Hungerford to Marlborough


Reading Buses

Reading Town Centre to Calcot


Reading Buses

Reading Town Centre to Turnham's Farm


WBC Connect

Thatcham to Theale


WBC Connect

Thatcham to Beenham / Calcot via Tadley

46, 46a, 48a

Stagecoach West

Hungerford to Swindon


WBC Connect

Lambourn to Swindon


Newbury & District

Newbury to Greenham Business Park


Thames Travel

Reading Town Centre to Upper Basildon/Goring


Stagecoach South

Newbury to Basingstoke


The full list of operators known to be taking part across England can be found on the Government's website



Last modified: 25 January 2023 11:12

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