Regrettably, owing to limited revenue from the service, service 5, currently operated by GoRide Community Interest Company, under contract to West Berkshire Council, has proved not commercially viable and - with the grant funding from central Government ending, and no additional funding available - GoRide recently confirmed their intention to end the service.
The Council's Transport Services Team has actively investigated other options for sustaining the service, including discussing with other operators and assessing the possibility of operating service 5 in-house using a WBC minibus.
Unfortunately the costs of providing a peak-period service, with school route extensions are prohibitive in the current financial climate, although two journeys will be provided off-peak, as off-peak journeys (compared to peak trips) can be delivered at marginal cost.
The final weekday on which GoRide will operate service 5 will be Friday 23 May.
After this date, school and college students may wish to use alternative local bus services, which are all operated by Newbury & District bus company and are as follows:-
ALTERNATIVE PUBLIC BUS SERVICES IN THE MORNING PEAK-PERIOD, TOWARDS COLLEGE:
- From PIKE STREET AREA: students and staff can travel on services 101, 102 or 104 towards Newbury Bus Station, boarding on A4 London Road opposite Newport Road. Then transfer to services 4, 6 or 107 at the Bus Station for onward travel to Park House School, the College and St Barts.
- From WALTON WAY AREA: students and staff can travel on service Jet Black 1 towards Newbury Bus Station, boarding on Kiln Road opposite Mountbatten Close. Then transfer to services 4, 6 or 107 at the Bus Station for onward travel to Park House School, the College and St Barts.
- From LOVE LANE-EASTERN END: students and staff can travel on service 6, boarding on B4009 Shaw Road beside Shaw Cemetery. Service 6 is timetabled to arrive at the bus stop beside Shaw Cemetery at 08:09. Service 6 will take students straight through to Newbury College and Park House School.
- From LOVE LANE-WESTERN END: students and staff can travel on service 107, boarding on B4494 Oxford Road beside The Castle Inn, Donnington. Service 107 is timetabled to arrive at the bus stop beside The Castle Inn at 08:10. Service 107 will take students straight through to Newbury College and Park House School.
ALTERNATIVE PUBLIC BUS SERVICES IN THE AFTERNOON, BACK FROM COLLEGE, TO NEWBURY TOWN CENTRE:
Service 4, timetabled at 15:31 at College campus. Continues from Newbury Bus Station to Speen, Stockcross, Great Shefford and Lambourn. Usually a 44-seat bus.
Service 103, timetabled at 15:20 and 16:20 at College campus. Terminates at Newbury Bus Station. Usually a 37-seat bus.