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Key bus routes connecting Slough with the Royal Borough set to be axed

Key bus routes connecting Slough with the Royal Borough are set to be axed in the new year.

The 2 Slough to Dedworth, 5 Slough to Cippenham, 10/11 Slough to Heathrow via Wraysbury and 15 Slough to Eton Wick services are all being withdrawn by First Bus on January 20.

The company has also announced that the 1 Slough to Britwell, 4 Slough to Maidenhead and 7 Slough to Heathrow via Langley will be running on revised timetables from the same date.

Slough Borough Council (SBC) says it is in talks with a number of bus operators to continue to deliver the routes and is prioritising finding a provider for the 5 Slough to Cippenham service.

Cllr Martin Carter (Lab, Britwell and Northborough), cabinet member for planning and transport, said: “We are acutely aware that the changes recently made by First Berkshire, and those that will take place in January, have a massive and detrimental effect on the residents and businesses of Slough and its surrounding areas.

“Large numbers of our residents and businesses rely on public transport on a daily basis to make their journeys around the borough and to surrounding areas, including Heathrow Airport.

“Without these services people will be left effectively cut off. The council has acted immediately and hopes to secure an operator who is able to take on one or more of these services, enabling people to continue to use public transport to reach their desired locations.”

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  • liamvad

    12:12, 30 December 2017

    I believe Reading Buses maybe about to provide some services....lets hope we hear more very soon??? Slough Council want to comment?????????

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  • liamvad

    11:11, 06 December 2017

    No suprise here,Slough Council is spending money like a man with no arms,yet cuts the pensioner bus pass to save money(£250,000)so can only be used after 09;30am,so,First Group lost that cash,so fares up,and now routes cut!!!! Well done Slough Borough Council,it just encourages people to use their cars,and reduces OAP's mobility at the same time,no wonder Slough is grid locked with traffic.We need people with brains on the council,and people who know how difficult it is to get around without a car!!!...RE-INSTATE the bus pass cut!!!!!!!Even the outgoing MP for Slough Fiona McTaggart said the cut was not necessary,and don't forget,OAP's are the most likely to turn out at election times,so,be warned.

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    • tony

      00:12, 09 January 2018

      I was present at the full council meeting when the motion to revoke the cuts was carried unanimously, with only one abstention. Their only vapid comment since has been that they only voted to review it, which is not helpful to anyone. After living in Slough since birth, 70 years ago, I am strongly considering moving to Maidenhead, where my family live, because I often need to look after my grandchildren, and the cuts have made it prohibitively expensive to travel there at 6 am. Ironically, if I had to travel to Slough from Maidenhead at that time, I could use the Bus Pass.

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      • liamvad

        20:08, 09 January 2018

        Slough Council really need to reverse this cut,it has had such a negative impact on OAP's in Slough,their mobility and ability to shop early and avoid the rush,many OAP's now do not venture out on the bus as everywhere is busy.Thus reducing mobilty and isolating more elderly folk.As I say,us older people remember these things at election time.

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  • SpeakasIfind

    13:01, 05 December 2017

    Slough Transport planners should be ashamed. The roads around Slough are congested to say the least, despite the councils best efforts. It would seem they've made them worse! The public transport system is there to ease that congestion, by cutting routes its only going to make matters worse! Thanks Slough Council. They need to get back to basics and get things right first time! Look at the Bus Station. It's not fit for purpose! It's too small . Why are there bus stops outside? clogging up an already overly congested route out of Tescos/ Train Station! Traffic planners please start thinking before you plan and force us all to sit in even more traffic.

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