Sunday, 5 February 2012

Reading Buses want to re-route the Jetblack 1 bus away from Theale High Street

Told last week that Reading Buses want to re-route the Jetblack 1 service so that it no longer goes through Theale High Street. It would instead go along Brunel Road, stop outside Theale station and then use Station Road to return to it's previous route along Church Street. This would involve removing the width restriction in Station Road under the fly-over.

I have major concenrns about this:
  • The bus stops at the eastern end of the High Street, outside The Bull, would no longer be served by this bus. Routes 101, 104 and 105 would still stop there but these are infrequent and do not go into Reading - they terminate at either Savacenter or Tilehurst Triangle. Residents from the eastern end of Theale, including the Elizabeth Court sheltered housing, would have an extra half mile to walk to catch the Jetblack 1
  • The width restriction stops lorries using The Green and Church Street to get to the industrial estates south of the Theale bypass.
There will be a meeting on February 27th to discuss the proposal. I will be strongly resisting the change!

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