From L to R: deputy leader of the council, Tony Page; Reading Mayor, councillor Paul Woodward and Reading Buses CEO, Robert Williams
On Friday 6 December 2019, Reading Buses celebrated 100 years since the first motorbus was brought into service on the route from St Andrew’s Church, Caversham Heights to the Plough Inn, Tilehurst. The Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust will be running five historic Reading buses on routes through the town tomorrow, Sunday 8 December.
From L-> R: Matt Rodda & Rachel Eden (Labour), Yemi Awolola (CPA), convenor John Crosfield, timekeeper Christina Hughes Nind, Imogen Shepherd-DuBey (Liberal Democrat), Jamie Whitham & David McElroy (Green).
‘Destination Zoë Andrews’ at the Reading Buses July 2018 open day. Photo (c) Zoë Andrews
I hadn’t lived in Reading properly since 2010 when I moved back in 2015. Throughout university in Cardiff, I regularly came home. One of the comfort blankets of home was the buses. I lived in both Cardiff and Bristol between my spells of being back in the ‘ding, and I can tell you something categorically: we have a very good bus service in comparison to elsewhere.
Alok Sharma, Reading West MP (official portrait courtesy of the UK parliament).
3 September was the Reading MPs’ first day back in the House of Commons after the parliamentary summer recess. Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) and Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) both voted on Sir Oliver Letwin’s motion on European Union (withdrawal).
The Silver Street bus stop is currently closed because of works at 79 Silver Street, where a block of 61 student rooms is being built. The bus stop has been relocated a small distance up Mount Pleasant, and part of the pavement directly in front of the building closed off. This was all set out in the relevant approved planning applications and approvals.
The Silver Street bus stop will be closed from Monday 19 August until 31 August and replaced by a dolly stop slightly further up the hill on Mount Pleasant. This will affect the Emerald 5, 6 and 6a and also the No 7 tiger to Fleet.
The Whitley Pump asked Reg Vastern-King, chair of the Friends of the IDR (Inner Distribution Road), what he thought about the Reading Borough Council (RBC) consultation on transport strategy; he was not impressed. “I just don’t understand,” he said “how can you carry out a transport strategy consultation which does not even ask how you feel about the IDR?”