All change please! Frosty reaction to First’s bus route shake-up

Limited local bus services in Colnbrook have generally been at the top end of residents’ grumbles, but a radical shake-up of bus services throughout Berkshire will end through routes to a number of key destinations.

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It’s all about Heathrow: The replacement service to Heathrow will operate 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and will operate to a daytime frequency of up-to every 10 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays and up-to every 20 minutes on Sundays. But it may take you longer to get there.

First Group has received a frosty reaction to a radical overhaul of its routes which will take effect in less than three weeks’ time.

The network shakeup will end a number of key cross-county routes, replacing them with shorter hops with connecting services “designed to make the network more reliable”.  Reaction across Slough, Reading and Maidenhead has been generally negative.  However, some communities, such as George Green, have complained that they will be cut off by the changes while residents in Burnham and Lynch Hill have also complained about reduced services.

In Colnbrook those used to travelling by First bus to reach Maidenhead, Windsor, Slough Trading Estate, the Farnham Road, or Britwell will now find they have to take two buses to get to their final destination with a change at Slough Bus Station now necessary.  First will be ending the 75, 76, 77 and 78 bus services.


The eastern leg to/from Heathrow along the Colnbrook By-pass for all four services will be merged into a single service which will go first to Terminal 5 and then on to Heathrow Central, adding some ten minutes to the journey time for the latter.

All single combined service will now terminate at Slough bus station requiring a change to onward destinations.

The new Route 10 and Route 11 mirror the existing routes 60 and 61. They continue to connect the communities in Eton, Eton Wick, Slough, Datchet, Langley, Wraysbury, Colnbrook and Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.  There is no change to the existing route or timetable – these routes have just been re-numbered.

There is no change to the 81 bus service from Colnbrook to Slough and Hounslow provided by London Buses, or the 305 service from Poyle and Colnbrook to Staines and Wraysbury provided by Surrey, Windor & Maidenhead and Slough Councils.

The network change will take effect on Saturday, 24th September 2016.

First’s announcement

You can read First’s full announcement here.  Click here for more details and timetables for the new routes.

On Saturday 24th September 2016, we will make some changes to our network that will effect buses serving Slough, Windsor, Britwell, Uxbridge, Cippenham, Langley, Maidenhead, Wexham and Heathrow Airport.
These changes will help to deliver more punctual and reliable services. Our current network consists of several long cross town services, where traffic issues can often cause knock on delays in other parts of the network.
We are introducing shorter routes, many of which will terminate in Slough town centre. They will be scheduled to meet other services allowing easy onward travel.
While the service number may change, routes and frequencies will generally remain unchanged, with some frequencies being increased.

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