Despite the return to a national coronavirus lockdown, there is good news for the people of Reading.
Reading Buses has announced they have NO plans to reduce their service levels.
In fact, the company is keen to put customers’ minds at ease as they pledge to maintain their normal services until the government tells them otherwise.
Reading Buses Chief Executive Officer Robert Williams said today: “The main thing we want people to know is that we are still here for them.
“Although this is the second national lockdown we have all been part of, it is slightly different to the first.
“People will still need to make journeys to shops for essential items, to work if they can’t work from home and to get to places of education. For this reason, we need to make sure that we have enough buses to get people to where they need to go and provide plenty of space for social distancing.”
The company will continue to maintain their current level of service until Government, or local authority, guidance changes.
Robert also announced the launch of a brand-new ticket to help people save money – even if they are travelling less.
“With the changing patterns of the working world, we are excited to be launching daysaver5. Designed for people who still need to travel with us, but maybe not as frequently, daysaver5 will complement our existing 7 day and easysaver10 tickets.
“You can afford to be picky with our flexible tickets, whether you still need to travel every day, a couple of times a week or just occasionally, there’s an option to suit everyone.”
He added: “Customers pick the days they travel and still save money – with savings of at least 20%.”
The company say customers now have a choice of the traditional 7 day ticket, the new dasaver5 which allows customers to buy 5 individual day tickets together for a saving and easysaver10 that enables customers to buy 10 single trips together for a saving. Within the simplyReading zone any of these options cost just £16.
Said Robert: “This new product completes the set to allow customers total flexibility on their travel. Each day is used independently so you could travel on a Monday and then still have four days left to travel later in the week, the following week or even after lockdown. Crucially, there is no expiry date.”
Customers continue to be required to wear a face covering whilst travelling unless exempt, and are encouraged to use the onboard hand sanitiser when getting on and off to help keep the community safe.