Earley bus service up for discussionBy David Millward
February 05, 2013
Bus users are being urged to attend a meeting to discuss the future of services in their area.
Maiden Erlegh Residents’ Association (MERA) has organised the meeting in which Reading Buses boss James Freeman will reveal his ideas for the claret routes which serve Reading University and Earley and customers will be invited to have their say.
They hope to tackle cuts to services which happen when the university students are on holiday and the number of passengers plummets.
Peter Soul, of MERA, said: “The student traffic between the university and Reading town keeps the claret routes going and the 21 also picks up a lot of customers around Lower Earley and is in good shape.
“But the No 20 would not be in a good condition if it wasn’t for the students and the 20a which comes down Silverdale Road would just die.
“They are three different routes with different situations and when the students go in the summer the company is forced to reduce the frequency of the routes.”
Mr Soul said some services were reduced to being hourly which deterred more people from using the buses.
Mr Freeman said the meeting at Maiden Erlegh School in Silverdale Road tomorrow is a good opportunity to put forward his ideas and to hear what customers think.
He said: “It’s an opportunity to consult with local people about the bus services we are operating in the Silverdale Road and Beech Lane areas.
“We have been running the current claret service for 18 months and are considering how it needs to develop for the following year.
“I will be floating some ideas about how things might progress and seeking people’s feedback on that.
“It will be an opportunity for people to say what they think about the buses running now and what they think is missing.”
Officers from Wokingham Borough Council will also be at the meeting to discuss the 19 and 19a services, which serve Lower Earley, Woodley and Reading and are partly subsidised by the authority.
The meeting is at 7.30pm.