Welcometo Carebus Community Transport - This Home Page summarises our operation, and the details are set out on the pages that follow.
Our service was founded in the mid nineteen eighties using a variety of secondhand minibuses and the setup was formalised ten years later with a voluntary committee made up of people representing the local communities, user groups and drivers and running minibuses provided by West Berkshire Council.
In December 2014 when we learned cuts in local government expenditure would kill off this arrangement by 2017 we made a successful bid for Department for Transport funding and we now have two new minibuses to operate independently.
Geographically, the Carebus service covers the West Berkshire parishes of Aldworth, Ashampstead, Basildon, Beenham, Bradfield, Bucklebury, Englefield, Holybrook, Pangbourne, Purley on Thames, Stanford Dingley, Streatley, Tidmarsh with Sulham, Theale, Tilehurst,and Yattendon. Using our minibusbased service our volunteers underpin local organisations in the area by taking groups of people to and from various venues both within and beyond our District. In response to requests from West Berkshire Council we are now also operating demand-responsive return bus service between our villages and both Reading and Newbury once a week for people left without transport by the withdrawal of uneconomic big buses. Volunteers using our wheelchair accessible car, or their car, help to link vulnerable people with local hospitals, clinics and GP surgeries.
Our sustainability depends upon passenger fares and contributions from local charities and numerous individual donors plus grants from the District and Parish Councils, Englefield Charitable Trust, and the Greenham Common Trust. March 2017