Reading West MP Alok Sharma last week wrote to a group of Tilehurst residents to share with them the news of success in the campaign, supported by Alok, which called for the reinstatement of a bus route which serves Westwood Glen and Chapel Hill in Tilehurst.
The success was confirmed in a recent letter from James Freeman, Chief Executive of Reading Transport, to Alok which explained that, following the re-opening of City Road until 24th September 2012, the number 33 bus will revert to the route pattern in which outward journeys towards Turnhams Farm operate via Westwood Glen and Chapel Hill. With further changes being introduced from 24th September, the route of the 33 will again no longer operate via Westwood Glen and Chapel Hill in either direction. Instead, Reading Transport will be introducing a new route, number 16a, which will provide a half-hourly service in both directions through Westwood Glen and Chapel Hill.
This success follows meetings in the autumn of last year which Alok held with Tilehurst Councillor Sandra Vickers and Mr James Freeman. Joining Alok and Sandra were local residents Vivien & Trevor Aitken, John Bannister, Marlene Bennett, Jenny Cottee, James & Janet Foster, Sue How, Pat & Ian MacDonald, Alan & Wendy Norman, Michael & Lulu Perry, Jennie Taylor-Clague, Brenda Vowles, Jean Winchester and Dorothy Wood.
Alok said: “I am delighted that we have been able to achieve this result. I would like to thank all the residents who attended the meetings and proposed a solution to the issue. I would also like to thank James Freeman of Reading Transport for meeting with and listening to the residents and then reviewing and implementing their proposed solution.”
Photo: Alok with local Tilehurst residents at the Civic Centre following a meeting regarding the 33 bus.