At last night’s Wokingham Borough Council meeting, Cllr Kay Gilder (South Lake ward) handed in a petition of close to 500 signatures calling for the number 19 bus to be re-routed to Fairwater Drive and Nightingale Road in Woodley.
Cllr Kay Gilder said “since the number 19 bus has stopped calling at Fairwater Drive and Nightingale Road in Woodley, residents from South Lake have lost their only direct route to both the Royal Berkshire Hospital and our local GP Surgeries.
Elderly and less mobile residents have to make other arrangements to get to essential medical appointments and this is causing considerable distress, inconvenience and in some cases financial hardship. In one case the cost of alternative journeys for a resident has come to £40 in just one week! It is great that voluntary groups can help our less mobile residents get around, but these community services are under great pressure to cope with the increasing numbers of people needing help.
This petition shows how strongly local residents feel about the withdrawal of the bus service and together with residents, Woodley’s Lib Dems are calling on Wokingham Borough Council to do all it can to help us get this vital service restored.