Changes are being made to Courtney Buses services operating across the borough, on behalf of Wokingham Borough Council, from February 1, 2016.
These changes will include timings, routes and fares.
With more housing being built at Mulberry Grove, developer funding is being used to extend journeys from Mulberry Grove to Wokingham town and Wokingham Station. Passenger numbers on the 121 are growing and it is hoped these additional stops will encourage more people to use this service.
Elsewhere across the borough the network is being simplified to make the services easier to understand.
The 122 service will be re-numbered the 125 for its journeys between Wokingham Broad Street and Crowthorne. During peak times the service will be known as the 125a or 125b to highlight its route via Pinewood. The sections of 122/ 123 routes between Wokingham, Woosehill and Emmbrook will continue to be known as the 122/ 123.
Journeys on the 126/ 128/ 129 routes are being simplified: all 126 journeys will become 128 calling at Sonning and Woodley Chequers.
Traffic conditions have made it increasingly difficult for the 128 service between Wokingham and Reading, via Winnersh, Twyford and Hurst, to keep to time. So it is being re-routed to the Reading Road and will no longer serve Emmbrook village. Emmbrook village will continue to get the 122 and 129 services Monday to Friday, with an additional 129 journey returning from Wokingham Broad Street at 5.50pm. The 122 service will now serve Emmbrook on a Saturday.
“These are difficult times as you know, and we have to use our limited funding wisely,” said Cllr John Kaiser, Wokingham Borough Council’s executive member for planning and highways.
"We cannot justify subsidising a practically empty bus. If appropriate funding does come forward in the future, we will happily invest in those bus services that are used."
The above changes mean timings on all timetables will change slightly. These new timetables will be available aboard the relevant buses, as well as directly from Courtney Buses, the Wokingham Information Centre in Wokingham Town Hall, and Wokingham Library in Denmark Street.
Details will also be on: Courtney Buses website, MyJourney website and Traveline website.
To simplify the way fares are charged on all Courtney Buses services, a zone fare system is also being brought in across the Wokingham and Bracknell networks to replace the current mileage calculations. This means the fare charged will relate to the number of zones travelled through. Some passengers will see their fares reduced slightly as a result, while others a small increase.
"We’ve introduced this system in Windsor and Maidenhead and have had positive feedback from our passengers and drivers," said Simon Fisher, transport manager at Courtney Buses.