Local Transport Information
Travel towards either Reading or Newbury
There are mini-buses operated by West Berkshire Council running from Beenham village towards Tadley, Thatcham and Calcot. This service also runs through to Newbury on Thursdays. The times of buses can be subject to change and should be confirmed via the WBC website: www.westberks.gov.uk
In addition a Carebus service runs from Beenham village to Newbury on Fridays. The service will only run if there are enough passengers and places need to be booked the day before. This 75 Carebus leaves Stoneyfields at 10am (picking up at The Green and The Six Bells) and then leaves Newbury at 1pm to return. Look here under Route 75 for more information.
Buses also run every half hour during weekdays along the A4 towards Reading and Newbury.
ReadiBus (travel towards Reading)
There is also a ReadiBus for people with restricted mobility who can't use ordinary public transport. It picks up from home and has wheelchair accessibility, for travel to Savacentre, Reading town centre, Royal Berkshire Hospital or anywhere en route.Tel: 0118 931 0000
Web site: www.readibus.co.uk
Carebus Volunteer Group, Englefield
The Carebus Volunteer group, based in Englefield, provides a voluntary transport service with three vehicles to help local individuals or organisations. They accept regular or occasional bookings and the rates are set to be affordable.
The Escort Chairman has been especially adapted to transport a wheelchair-bound passenger - perhaps you would like to take a friend or relation out for the day?
The Community Bus has room for 10 passengers and is ideal for small groups - would your club like an evening out?
The Handybus is a bit bigger and has a tail lift, it is more accessible and some of the seats can be removed to make room for wheelchairs so it can be used by groups with disabled members. It is run by the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, which runs once a fortnight on a Thursday either to Thatcham or Newbury. This is a door-to-door service.
Contact: Volunteer Centre West Berkshire
Tel: 01635 49004
More information can be found at www.volunteerwestberks.org.uk
If you would like more information about the Carebus Volunteer Group please call: 0118 930 4837
Web site: www.carebuscommunitytransport.org
Can you help?
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver for any of these vehicles please contact the Carebus Volunteer group. They will train you how to use the vehicles and pay car mileage rates to their base in Englefield. Drivers need a standard driving license and a half-hour training session for the chairman and community bus. Handybus drivers need to be assessed after a longer training session.
You can help this worthwhile group as little or as much as you like.
The Chapel Row Community Service Group
Chapel Row Community Services Group will help to organise transport for those unable to use public transport to and from the dentist, chiropodist and the optician etc., hospital visiting and essential shopping. More information can be found here
There are trains from Aldermaston and Theale Stations, to Newbury and Reading and with connections to London and many other places via Reading. There are also trains from Pangbourne to Oxford and Reading.
Tel: 08457 48 49 50
For more information, visit the First Great Western Link website at www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk or www.nationalrail.co.uk.
There is one taxi company that specifically serves Beenham:
17 High Street
Berkshire, RG7 5AN
Tel: 930 2345
There are several companies in Thatcham that will cover Beenham, although always check the fee first, since they can impose hefty surcharges for coming out of their normal area, especially after 10pm.
34, High St
Thatcham Berkshire RG19 3JD
Tel: 01635 862002
Cab 4 U
71 Lancaster Close
Thatcham Berkshire RG18 3FJ
Tel: 01635 860000
104 Paynesdown Rd
Thatcham Berkshire RG19 3TE
Tel: 01635 847784
25 Tomlin Close
Thatcham Berkshire RG19 3XY
Tel: 01635 866730