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Sorry to be changing our services yet again!
The National Lockdown which started on January 5th 2021 will affect our services.  Already the number of passengers we are carrying is down to a handful as travel restrictions bite.  The situation is constantly changing and we may need to make more changes at short notice, but we have just been given permission to change our service on route 134 Goring to Wallingford from Monday 11th January.  Most of the afternoon services will be suspended.  The last journey each day will be the 13.30 from Wallingford to Goring.  No services will operate on the route after that. 

For the time being we are expecting to run a full service on all our other routes, as per the revised timetable dated 4th January 2021.
 
The government’s guideline is to stay at home and not to travel unless it is for absolutely essential purposes.  We would encourage you wherever possible to use your local shops and facilities, but our buses will continue running for as long as we can in case you really do need us.

 
 
We'll do our best to keep running our services as advertised, but please do check our website or facebook in case of any last minute changes.
Last minute changes
Please always check the website for the most up to date timetable.  Unfortunately the information on traveline and other online websites does not appear to be being updated by Oxfordshire County Council so may be incorrect.  Our website goingforwardbuses.com should always have the current timetable in operation.  If you are in doubt please call us on 07484 605888 (please don't sent text messages as we can't always monitor this number for them) or send an email to littlebluebus@yahoo.com and don't forget to follow the travel guidelines shown above!  We wish you safe travelling.
website goingforwardbuses.com
 
 
Tier 2 is coming - more changes from 2nd December 2020
Following the lifting of the national lockdown, and Oxfordshire being moved into Tier 2, we are revising some of our services from 2nd December 2020 until further notice.
 
Although the government’s travel advice is still not to travel unless absolutely necessary, and we would encourage you wherever possible to use your local shops, we are planning to run some extra journeys between Goring and Wallingford to give you more choice and to increase capacity helping to maintain social distancing on the buses.
 
No services on Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Day, Monday 28th December or New Year's Day
 
Route 134 (Goring to Wallingford):

 
A revised service will operate (on Mondays to Fridays only) from 2nd December 2020 until further notice. 
 
The last journeys will now be at 15.45 from Goring station and 16.05 from Wallingford (14.55 and 15.20 on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve).
 
During the school holiday (18th to 31st December) an additional bus will run from Wallingford to Goring at 15.20.
 
The 13.30 Wallingford to Goring and 13.55 Goring to Wallingford will also run on Tuesdays 22nd and 29th December.
 
The 13.55 and 14.35 from Goring will run via LiDL if requested, and will pick up there at 15.21 during the school holiday and at 16.06 (except on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve).

 
Route D2 (Wallingford to Didcot via The Moretons):
 
This service will not run on Tuesdays 22nd and 29th December.
 
New timetables can be found on our website goingforwardbuses.com and should be available by 2nd December on the bus, at Goring Railway Station, Goring Library and Wallingford Tourist Information (if open).
 
And some news about the trains

GWR has confirmed that off peak train services on Mondays to Saturdays from Goring will be restored to a half hourly frequency from Monday 14th December. The full peak service will also run, however due to improvement works the last trains on Saturday evenings will be earlier than at present (23.48 from Reading) and the first train to Reading and London on a Sunday morning will be at 08.58.

Matthew Golton, Interim Managing Director of GWR says, 'as part of our support for Network Rail’s improvement work around Didcot, Oxford and London Paddington and in recognition of the impact the Covid has had on our driver training programme, some weekend services will finish earlier on Saturday evenings, and start later on Sunday mornings from 13th December.  These services are lightly used currently, and by making this proactive decision now, we have been able to improve the ability to deliver important rail enhancement works during 2021.  It will also mean we can reduce the potential for ad hoc and late notice cancellations.'  Full details of the new timetable are now available on the GWR website https://www.gwr.com/plan-journey/train-times

 

Goodbye to train!  The changes will mean Goring's only IET (InterCity Express Train) service on Sunday mornings will no longer run from December 13th.
And more changes coming in January
 
We'll do our best to keep running our services as advertised, but please do check our website or facebook in case of any last minute changes.
Please look after the driver!
Please respect our drivers' breaks: for safety reasons we can't let you on the bus until just before it is due to depart, and since the driver is wearing face coverings when driving all day they do need a chance to remove them once in a while when no passengers are on board!

We need to keep our drivers safe and well so that we can keep the service going!  Here's a little reminder about 
safe travelling....
Last minute changes
Please always check the website for the most up to date timetable.  Unfortunately the information on traveline and other online websites does not appear to be being updated by Oxfordshire County Council so may be incorrect.  Our website goingforwardbuses.com should always have the current timetable in operation.  If you are in doubt please call us on 07484 605888 (please don't sent text messages as we can't always monitor this number for them) or send an email to littlebluebus@yahoo.com and don't forget to follow the travel guidelines shown above!  We wish you safe travelling.
GWR's new rail replacement bus?
If we're not in touch again before January, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance!  
www.goingforwardbuses.com
 
 

 

Service changes from 3rd August 2020
 

We resumed operating on 6th July 2020 and have been carefully monitoring timekeeping and usage over the past three weeks.  As a result of this we are making some changes to our services from 3rd August.  A summary of the changes is shown below.  The timetable pages on our website been updated with the revised services.


134 Goring to Wallingford.  10.55 Fridays Wallingford Goring service runs 5 minutes later throughout (to allow timing changes on route 138).  Please also note that with effect from Monday 27th July, the last buses from Goring to Wallingford are at 14.35 not Wednesdays or 15.05 on Wednesdays, returning from Wallingford at 16.15. (Mondays to Fridays).  Over the past three weeks we only conveyed one person on the 16.45 Goring to Wallingford and 17.10 Wallingford to Goring so we have decided to suspend these services for the time being.

 

137 Wallingford to Watlington.  All journeys will run 10-15 minutes later following feedback to provide better connections with Thames Travel services at Wallingford and Watlington.