After 25 years, the Newbury district ReadiBus service is set to come to an end, after the Conservative-run West Berkshire Council refused to continue providing funding without ReadiBus signing up to unreasonable demands. The service helps those with restricted mobility get around independently, and has been an important lifeline to many during the recent lockdowns.
Liberal Democrat controlled Newbury and Thatcham Town Councils have committed funding that will see the service be able to operate at a reduced capacity until the end of the year, but this is only a short term solution.
The West Berkshire Liberal Democrats believe that this service is a vital community asset which we cannot afford to lose. We call on the Conservative administration of West Berkshire Council to review their decision on funding ReadiBus; making sure that this important service remains available for those who need it, when they need it, for the long term.
Please support our calls by signing our petition today.