Council attacks school bus axe decision
September 02, 2009
The decision to scrap a bus service popular with pupils who attend a Woodley school has disappointed council bosses.
Reading Buses last week announced it is to axe its number 83 service, which runs from Lower Earley to The Bulmershe School in Chequers Way, because it is costing the company too much to run.
However, Wokingham Borough Council has since stepped in to solve the problem temporarily by arranging a short-term agreement with Thames Travel to run a replacement service.
Pupils living in Lower Earley could have found the short journey to Woodley being directed via Reading town centre had such an agreement not been reached. Numbers at the school will increase next month with extra pupils from the soon to close Ryeish Green.
James Freeman, chief executive at Reading Buses, had previously said the service is unviable, but Councillor Keith Baker, executive member for highways and transport at the borough council and ward member for Coronation, believes popular routes need to be retained.
He explained how the agreement reached with Thames Travel will provide a quick-fix solution while the council makes representations with Reading Buses.