Park and ride bus plans

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

MORE THAN 700 buses a week will use the planned Cop­pid Beech Park and Ride scheme when it opens.

In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Gary Cowan wanted to know how­many buses would “be sched­uled to travel into Wok­ing­ham and how­many to Brack­nell on a weekly ba­sis”.

Re­spond­ing, Cllr Pauline Jor­gensen, the ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for high­ways and trans­port, said: “Dis­cus­sions have been un­der­taken with Read­ing Buses around the di­ver­sion of the Lion 4/X4 into the park and ride site. If all Lion 4/X4 are suc­cess­fully di­verted into the site at pre-Covid-19 fre­quen­cies, and as­sum­ing a nor­mal week with no bank hol­i­days, this would pro­vide: 739 buses, of which 372 would be Read­ing bound and 367would be Brack­nell bound.”

Cllr Cowan said that Park & Ride en­dured ad­di­tional costs, and that the bor­ough had poor ser­vice from the ex­ist­ing sites.

“Could more be done to serve Wok­ing­ham?”

Cllr Jor­gensen said that Win­nersh Triangle serves Ear­ley quite well and that Wood­ley would be served by the new Park & Ride be­ing built at Thames Val­ley Park.

She wel­comed ideas for im­prove­ments “with­out spend­ing ratepay­ers money”.

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