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Changes to bus services in Reading

Changes to some Reading Buses services are open to consultation until April 28. The company is requesting feedback of views on the planned changes which will affect services north of the Thames.

These changes will also have implications for residents in Burghfield, Mortimer and along the Bath Road in Reading. They will come into effect on July 7.

The company has said that the changes are largely positive and all changes are either to help reliability or reflect the number of people travelling on each route.

Caversham area routes have held steady now for some while, but it’s now time to make a few adjustments to keep up with developments. These proposals will help us to align service levels with demand, particularly on Sundays. Meanwhile, the splitting of the long cross-town route from Peppard Common to Mortimer has become inevitable to avoid congestion around Reading Bridge affecting the southern end of the route.”

– James Freeman, Reading Buses Chief Executive Officer

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"Her lack of presence in the future will be noticeable"

Rodbourne Cheney Primary School, where 8-year-old Caitlin Hunt attended, have released this statement with regards to her death:

It was with great regret and sadness that we heard of the tragic death of one of our pupils, Caitlin Hunt, last night.

Caitlin, a year 4 pupil, was a vibrant and passionate learner at Rodbourne Cheney Primary School and her lack of presence in the future will be noticeable.

She was a popular girl, loved by teachers, the pupils but especially by her classmates.

It is hard to imagine the terrible sense of loss and tragedy, which is being felt by Caitlin’s family at this time and our deepest sympathies are with them.

The loss will also be felt within the school by pupils, staff and parents and we are grateful for the pastoral support being offered by the local clergy, specialist bereavement councillors and The Samaritans.

All members of our community will be offered access to the support today and in the days to come”

– Rodbourne Cheney Primary School

Police appeal after 8-year-old girl dies in bus collision

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Swindon last night in which an eight year old girl died.

The collision took place shortly before 5.50pm on Moredon Road close to the junction with Church Walk.

Paramedics and police officers attended the incident but the girl, from Swindon, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Specially trained officers are currently helping support the family at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Pete Williamson of the Serious Collision Investigation Team (SCIT) on 101.

Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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Roads closed as 8-year-old girl dies after crash with bus

An eight-year-old girl has died in a collision with a bus in Swindon.

Wiltshire Police closed Moredon Road and Church Walk late yesterday as investigations continued.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

The crash happened at the junction of Moredon Road and Church Walk in Swindon Credit: ITV Meridian

Woman hit by bus taken to hospital with leg injury

Sussex Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was hit by a bus.

It happened near to a bus stop on South Street in Worthing on Wednesday afternoon, at around 5:30pm.

The 53-year-old woman who was hit was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with a serious leg injury.

Anyone who may have seen what happened should call 101 quoting serial 1063 of 26/2.

First Hampshire and Dorset bus drivers to strike for 24 hours

Around 60 bus drivers from First Hampshire and Dorset will strike this Monday, after their pay fell way below their colleagues in other regions.

The strike will cause disruption for passengers and school children in the Bridport, Portland and Weymouth areas.

The drivers, who are on £8.30 an hour, are in disputes over pay as their colleagues on Yellow Buses in Bournemouth, are on more than £10 an hour.

Management have offered a 1.5% rise from April 2013 for a year which would take their pay to £8.50.

Reading bus employee celebrates 45 year milestone

Reading Buses look back at the history of their longest serving employee who has been working at the company for 45 years.

Reading Buses were running trolley buses when Roger Tuggey 63, began as a fitter’s mate in 1962.

James Freeman, Reading Buses CEO, congratulates Roger on his 45 years with the company Credit: Reading Buses

Roger said the fleet of over 30 trolley buses was ‘very popular’ in Reading as they were a ‘quality, fast electric vehicle.’

The fleet changed to Leyland Titans, Leyland Olympians and Tiger Coaches before new Scania’s and the latest state-of-the-art hybrids and gas buses in service today.

His job in the workshop is mainly test servicing inspection vehicles, but in the past he has been a member of the ‘E’ breakdown crew which kept vehicles in service.

He remembers the day he was on road test with a vehicle when he went down a hill and the nearside rear hub came off.

He said: "The half shaft snapped and the vehicle came to rest,” said Roger. “There was no drift? in the hub duction. This had worked the hub nut loose and it came off. Fortunately, the vehicle wasn’t in service. But it was still one of those scary happenings."

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