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Consultation on Community Link

Reading Borough Council are launching a consultation for the provision of the Community Link service (28/18 and variants). The proposal is that funding will be withdrawn with the service potentially being removed from April 2018.

The consultation is now live and will last until September this year. 

The text below is taken from their leaflet (which includes a survey) that is currently being distributed around the areas that the route runs - you can see a copy of the leaflet here

"Reading Borough Council has a duty to consider the transport needs of people who use bus services that cannot be provided as part of the commercial bus network.  Reading Borough Council currently provides funding to support the operation of Community Link bus service 28 (plus 28a/18) and 991.  

About 40,000 journeys a year are made on these bus services (150 a day).  Passengers boarding at Kentwood Hill, New Lane Hill, Napier Road and Caversham Park Village average less than 10 a day and for Marchwood Avenue and Rivermead the number of people boarding is less than 5 a day.

As a result of severe reductions in funding received from Central Government, in July 2016 Reading Borough Council made a Policy decision that support for the Community Link bus service would cease from April 2018.  The effect of this decision would be the withdrawal of this service.

It is the duty of Reading Borough Council to ascertain if this proposal would cause hardship to those who currently use this service."

To give your opinion on the proposed change, go online www.reading.gov.uk/communitylink or post a completed survey to:

Transport Planning
Reading Borough Council
Civic Offices
Bridge Street
Reading
RG1 2LU