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Reading Buses is considering changes to bus routes to the University, Earley and Woodley – and wants to know what you think of its plans.

In response to rising demand for services between the Town Centre, the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading University, Woodley and Lower Earley, Reading Buses is proposing changes to the existing 19, 20, 20a and 21 ‘Claret’ services from September.

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In a consultation issued recently, the company says:

“For the past two years we have been running the claret 20, 20a and 21 which provide a combined service through the University. This combination gives an ultra-frequent service between the town and the University and then splits off into different routes through Lower Earley. Strong passenger growth has meant that claret 21 has grown in frequency due to being much the stronger route of the three. It now runs every 15 minutes during the day, every 20 minutes on Sundays.”

In response to this growth in demand, it’s proposing to increase the frequency of the 21 service, and replace the 20/20a with new routes serving the Hospital, Whiteknights Road (UoR Earley Gate), Woodley and Lower Earley.

If you’re affected by these changes, you’re encouraged to respond to the consultation, which runs until April 18. Details, along with a map of the proposed new routes, can be found on the Reading Buses website.

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