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A Panegyric on Martijn Gilbert, Ex-CEO of Reading Buses

‘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.

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Reading MPs Alok Sharma and Matt Rodda vote different ways on the need to avoid no-deal Brexit

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).

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Why the dolly stop was needed on Mount Pleasant

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.

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Dolly stop on Mount Pleasant

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.

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Friends of the IDR respond to the RBC transport consultation

The Black History Mural and the IDR

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?”

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Councillor Rose Williams joins the board of Reading Buses

Katesgrove councillor Rose Williams has been appointed as a non-executive director of Reading Transport Ltd, which is wholly owned by Reading Borough Council (RBC). The council’s policy committee acts as the shareholder and, among other duties, is responsible for appointing directors to the company.

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Reading MP Matt Rodda says “Cycling should be for the many, not just the brave.”

Matt Rodda, Labour MP for Reading East and shadow minister for transport (buses), took part in the Active Travel debate in Parliament on 9 July. The Whitley Pump called “house!” at the end of his speech, having completed at least one line in any direction as well as all four corners of our political buzzword bingo card, with a bonus prize for the mention of Reading.

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A Saturday afternoon trip to Fleet on the number seven bus

The number 7 ‘Tiger’ service from Reading to Fleet in Hampshire is a relatively new addition to Reading Buses’ services. Highlights of the trip include travelling in the bus lane across the middle of the roundabout at Junction 11 of the M4, bouncing through Mary Mitford’s village of Three Mile Cross and, when you get to Fleet, there is an ironmongers and an ice cream parlour!

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You might receive a National Highways and Transport survey

Reading Borough Council (RBC) are participating in the National Highways and Transport public satisfaction survey. At least 3,300 randomly selected households in the borough will receive a questionnaire.

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Reading MPs Alok Sharma and Matt Rodda vote on opposite sides of Brexit again

Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) and Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) voted in opposite directions on two amendments to the European Union Withdrawal Act and amended main motion following a debate in the House of Commons on 25 March.

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Sage Reading half marathon on Sunday 17 March

Black History Mural on race day 2018

Last year, the Reading half marathon was called off at short notice because of treacherous, icy conditions on the roads. The weather remains unpredictable this year; Reading may have had some of its best summer weather in February!

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Rowdy university students ‘damage mental health’ of neighbours

Garbage at the Whitley Park Lane bus stop

A resident of Whitley Park Lane has complained to Reading University about the antisocial behaviour of students at the nearby bus stop, near the Queen’s Head pub on Christchurch Road.

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24 December – Last bus home to the Whitley Pump

On Christmas Eve most buses are following a normal Monday to Friday timetable but will stop running between 7pm and 8pm. Emerald 5 & 6 will have additional late evening services.

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Interview with Tony Page, deputy leader of Reading Borough Council (part one)

Tony Page has been a councillor for 45 years and is lead councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport and deputy leader of Reading Borough Council. The Whitley Pump interviewed him at the beginning of December at the Civic Offices on Bridge Street and we started with a local topic.

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9 December – Emerald bus stops in town centre affected by Santa Run

The Santa Run organised by Reading Rotary Club takes place on the morning of Sunday 9 December. Some bus stops used by Emerald 5, 6 and 6a in the town centre will be out of use between 8am and 10.30am.

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How Reading MPs Matt Rodda and Alok Sharma voted on Brexit legal advice disclosure

In advance of the start of the five day Brexit debate, the House of Commons debated and voted on a motion tabled by Keir Starmer (shadow secretary of state for exiting the European Union) on parliamentary privilege.

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Matt Rodda speaks in Parliament on the Centenary of the Armistice

Sophia James, Matt Rodda and Rose Williams October 2017

Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East and shadow minister for buses) took part in a debate on the Centenary of the Armistice on 6 November. He spoke of the effect of the First World War on Reading and Woodley in his constituency of Reading East, and made a special mention of Katesgrove.

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On this day – 9 November 1895

A horse bus at the corner of West Street and Broad Street looking east c.1895

On 9 November 1895, Alderman Charles James Andrewes was travelling on a Reading Omnibus Company horse bus from the Queens Head public house, via the Whitley Pump, to West Street, when his fellow passengers noticed that he was unwell.

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Remembrance Sunday service disruption on Reading buses

Reading Buses are warning passengers that services, including Emerald 5 and 6, will be disrupted by road closures in the town centre on Remembrance Sunday, 11 November, between 9.15am and 11.30am.

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Jolly Trolley Fun Day!

Whitley Pump is just off the map!

On Saturday 3 November the British Trolleybus Society and Reading Museum are bringing Reading’s last trolleybus to Town Hall Square.

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