The Winnersh Triangle Park and Ride site was popular and well used prior to the pandemic. This meant that Reading Buses were able to run the service at a profit without costing themselves or the council any money. Unfortunately, although we have worked with Reading Buses to try to keep a bus running, there is a very low demand compared to pre-pandemic levels. This means that the costs of providing a bus service far exceed the income received.
Recovery rates on Park and Ride services have been affected more than on other services due to more people working from home. The Park and Ride service from Mereoak will continue to operate, so this may be an alternative for some passengers, though we are very sorry that we will not be able to continue the same service we have been for the last few years.
We will continue to monitor changes as/if demand increases and will be discussing with Reading Buses and our Members when each Park and Ride site will open in future. Unfortunately, we are unable to estimate when each of the sites will start to operate again.
Reduced Parking at Winnersh Triangle Park & Ride
The Winnersh Triangle Park & Ride site is currently being improved with additional spaces and more electric vehicle chargepoints. During construction the majority of the car park is closed, however, there are just under 100 spaces available. The Winnersh Triangle car park will still be in use for those using the train service during the construction process. Further information can be found here.
Expansion of Winnersh Triangle Park & Ride
Construction has begun to increase capacity at Winnersh Triangle Park & Ride. Capacity of the car park will be reduced during the construction period with about 100 spaces available but will increase to 491 once complete. As well as additional parking spaces, we are creating a new natural open space and a new paved pedestrian link between the railway station and the car park.
Full details of the scheme can be found here.
The Berkshire Thames Valley LEP are providing a large proportion of funding which was awarded on the basis of the business case which can be found under Related Downloads. There is also a business case addendum document: Parking Deck which can also be found under Related Downloads.