Sunday, 31 August 2014

Press release issued about the huge increase in Jetblack 1 bus fares for some Theale residents

Theale Councillor Fights Bus Fares Hike

Alan Macro, Councillor for Theale on West Berkshire Council, is fighting a near 60% increase in bus fares that would affect many Theale residents using the popular JetBlack 1 service. The hike is the result of moving the boundary of the simplyReading flat fare scheme from the edge of the village to its centre.  Councillor Macro said "Reading Buses are moving the flat fare boundary from the Wigmore Lane bus stop to the stop at The Crown. This increases the single fare for travelling between the affected stops and Reading from £1-90 to £3-00. To travel from those stops to Sainsbury's at Calcot increases from £1-20 to £1-90. Reading Buses have told me that this is to help pay for an additional bus on the route and to make up for reduced payments from West Berkshire Council for use of pensioners' bus passes. It is very unfair to ask Theale residents to pick up the tab!"

Councillor Macro has set up an on-line petition against the big rise. Readers can sign it at www.theale.org.uk/bus-fare-petition.

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