Staines to Colnbrook bus route put out to tender
The threatened 305 bus service has been put out to tender as part of Windsor council’s next steps in its efforts to save money.
The tender gives local bus companies the opportunity to bid to run the service and local groups will be hoping that a viable option emerges from the process.
Windsor & Maidenhead Council has committed to maintaining “a service of some sort” to take children to school and residents to Staines and the doctor’s surgery – but has said that could include the possibility of replacing the route with a ‘dial and ride’ service or even taxis.
Cllr Hari Sharma, the council’s bus “champion”, said:
“We can confirm that a tendering process has begun to give interested bus operators the opportunity to invest in the public transport services that keep our residents on the move.
This is a welcome opportunity and I look forward to seeing how this process can help ensure that sustainable bus services remain at the heart of the borough’s transport network
“We are committed to providing bus services which achieve the best solutions for our residents.”
Six weeks ago Colnbrook Parish Council said it would look into the possibility of providing some funding towards the service, although there have been concerns expressed that this could set a dangerous precedent in relation to other council-provided services. In any case the item is not tabled for discussion by councillors when they meet next on Tuesday.
The services currently out to tender include:
- The 305 service connecting Wraysbury, Horton and Hythe End with Poyle, Colnbrook and Staines (currently operated by Bear Bus)
- The 8 service serving Halifax Road and Boulters Lock/the Riverside (currently operated by Courtney Buses)
- The 16/16A Windsor to Maidenhead service, with extensions to St Marks and local schools (currently operated by Courtney Buses)
- The 4/4A and 238/239 serving rural areas in the west and northwest of Maidenhead (currently operated by Courtney Buses)
- Evening services in Maidenhead (currently provided by Courtney Buses).
The council has not said when the tender process ends.