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Special Platinum Jubilee Bus Travel in West Berkshire

Bus users in West Berkshire will have even more reason to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this June.  

Following on from the successful free bus travel offered in December for Christmas, and the Easter weekend, most bus journeys starting in West Berkshire over Jubilee weekend (2-5 June 2022) will be completely free!

Travellers can take advantage of this to celebrate this very special milestone to attend Jubilee events across West Berkshire, to meet up with friends and family, or attend events in towns and villages across the district.

This initiative has been developed by West Berkshire Council in partnership with Reading Buses and Thames Travel and will be valid on any Reading Buses, Newbury & District, and Thames Travel services within West Berkshire.

If you board the bus outside West Berkshire you will still need to pay for the ticket or use a valid concessionary bus pass.

To make it even easier to travel by bus this Jubilee weekend, services in the Newbury and Thatcham area will also operate on both 2 & 3 June 2022, as well as Saturday. These additional services will be provided on routes 1a, 1c, 2, 8 and 9 with a Saturday timetable. On the 2 & 3 June 2022, the 4 & 6 service will operate a special holiday timetable of 2 round trips in the morning and afternoon for those wishing to travel in either direction. Icon for pdf Timetables for 2 & 3 June 2022 [54.94KB]

Public Holiday services will operate on routes Jet Black 1, Lime 2/a, 15, 16, 26 and 33 on 2, 3 & 5 June 2022.

Saturday services on routes 3, 4, 6, and Thames Travel 143 will be free within West Berkshire on 4 June 2022.

The full list of routes is as follows:

All Newbury & District services operate entirely within the West Berkshire boundary.

Saturday service 2, 3 & 4 June 2022 

1a/1cNewbury to Thatcham
2Newbury to Wash Common/Tesco
8Newbury to Tesco, Greenham and Pigeons Farm
9Newbury to Racecourse


Special Holiday Timetable on 2 & 3 June 2022 - one return journey in morning and afternoon

Route numberDesignation

Newbury to Lambourn

  • depart Newbury: 10:37 & 16:10
  • depart Lambourn: 11:31 & 16:52

Newbury to East/West Ilsley

  • depart Newbury: 08:45 & 14:30
  • depart West Ilsley: 09:30 & 15:16 


Full Saturday timetables operating on 4 June 2022

Route numberDestination
3Newbury to Hungerford
4Newbury to Lambourn
6Newbury to East/West Ilsley 


Reading Buses and Thames Travel valid routes for free travel if boarding in West Berkshire, whatever your destination. However, remember that if you board outside West Berkshire you would need to buy a ticket as normal:

Jet Black 1Reading BusesNewbury to Reading
Lime 2/2aReading BusesMortimer to Reading
Sky Blue 15Reading BusesCalcot to Reading 
Sky Blue 16Reading BusesPurley to Reading 
Yellow 26Reading BusesCalcot to Reading
Royal Blue 33Reading BusesTurnham's Farm to Reading 
143Thames TravelUpper Basildon to Reading (Saturday 4 June 2022 only) 


Summary of services operated each day 

DayServices 1a/1c, 2, 8, 9Service 3Service 4 & 6 Services Jet Black 1, Lime 2/2a, 15, 16, 26, 33 Service 143 
Thursday 2 JuneSaturday timetable No serviceSpecial timetableSunday timetable No service
Friday 3 June Saturday timetableNo serviceSpecial timetableSunday timetable No service
Saturday 4 JuneSaturday timetableSaturday timetableSaturday timetableSaturday timetable Saturday timetable
Sunday 5 June No service No service No service Sunday timetable No service 

Services changes in April 2022 

From Monday 4 April 2022 there will be some timetable changes to routes that serve Reading town centre, operated by Reading Buses.  

A summary of these changes:

  • Jet Black 1 - some changes to peak time buses in the morning and evening. 
  • Lime 2/2a - some minor changes. 
  • 33 - some changes in the morning and afternoon during peak times. 

Further information can be found on the Reading Buses website. 

Going Forward Buses have also made some changes to their routes, information can be found on their website. 

Please ensure you have checked the latest timetable information available, the travel guide will be updated shortly. 

Changes to 44 timetable 

From Monday 13 December 2021 there will be a minor timetable change to route 44 between Thatcham and Calcot operated by West Berkshire Council's Transport Services.

The last journey from Thatcham Broadway will depart 5 minutes earlier at 4.20pm. Further information will shortly be available in the travel guide

Other Public Transport Services

National Express are running coach services. See the National Express website for more details. At the present time National Express are not calling at Newbury Wharf.

Trains services that operate in West Berkshire maybe subject to change, often at short notice, updated information can be found on the Great Western Railway (GWR) website.

Travel Guidance and Face Coverings

The Government has removed all domestic legal restrictions relating to COVID-19. 

There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering, but the government suggests that people continue to wear one in crowded and enclosed spaces, where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

You can find more detailed information about coronavirus guidance on the GOV.UK website.

Services on Bank Holidays and During Travel Disruption

If you are planning to travel by public transport on bank holidays, during bad weather or during other periods of disruption, please use the Traveline journey planner which has regularly updated information.

We also post available updates on the Connect West Berkshire Twitter feed. 

You can also check with the bus or train company you will be using to make sure they are running. Please see the contact details listed above. 

Road Closures and Bus Stop Suspensions

At times essential utility work and highway improvement works can cause disruptions to bus services. This can include bus stop suspensions and services having to divert from scheduled routes.

Details of any works which could have a major impact on West Berkshire Council contracted services will be posted on this page.

Contacting Local Bus and Train Operators

You can find details of the major bus and train operators in West Berkshire, and links to their website and contact details, below:

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