Woodley Lib Dems are shocked to hear that Reading Buses are planning to stop serving Woodley Airfield and other parts of Woodley with the 63/64 bus routes.
Under plans currently out for consultation Colemansmoor Road, Woodley Airfield and the Glendevon Road areas will no longer be served by the 63/64 route and the 62 route will be modified to provide a very limited service in some of the areas that are destined to lose the 63/64 service. Until recently the number 62 bus route was supported by Wokingham Borough Council as a “socially necessary” service, but it was transferred to Reading Buses to run as commercial venture (Mon to Fri).
Gareth Epps, Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Reading East said, “These proposed changes will have a huge impact on residents who for one reason or another do not have access to a car for example young people trying to get work; older people that don’t drive and others who are already suffering financially in this challenging economic climate. I have already made representations to Reading Transport on this cutback and believe Wokingham Borough Council need to discuss with Reading Buses how to ensure a service continues to be provided.”
Phil Challis, Lib Dem Wokingham Borough Councillor for Loddon said, “When the 62 service was transferred to Reading Buses I was given assurances by the Tory Executive in Wokingham that they would evaluate any future changes to the route and timetable and consider taking the No 62 back into council control as part of the statutory 56 day consultation period. I will be pressing for this commitment to be honoured and also proposing that the council discusses the social necessity of the 63/64 route to residents of the Woodley Airfield Development with Reading Buses.”