Reading Buses will be free for travellers in West Berkshire during the Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

West Berkshire Council are funding bus travel from Thursday to Sunday 5 June to help celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

As part of this great initiative, Newbury & District will be running extra buses on the following routes for the two bank holidays on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June.

“This should help promote local businesses and encourage more sustainable transport.

"By helping more people to access buses and encourage people out of their cars, we can reduce the amount of congestion on our roads and improve the air quality - two things that benefit everyone,” said Reading Buses in a statement.

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The free travel is only valid when boarding in West Berkshire, so if your travel is entirely within the borough then your whole journey will be free.

If you travel outside of the boundary, then only the trip from West Berkshire will be free. For example, you could travel free into Reading, but would have to pay a single fare from Reading back home.

Extra services in the Newbury area Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June

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route 1a/1c - Newbury & Thatcham

route 2 - Pigeons Farm > Greenham > Wash Common > Newbury Wharf

route 8 - Greenham (Tesco) > Pigeons Farm > The Nightingales > Racecourse Road > Newbury Wharf

route 9 - Newbury Racecourse > Newbury Wharf

There will also be some special bonus journeys on routes 4 & 6 on the same dates to help get you to and from the celebrations.

Route 4 leaves Lambourn at 11.31am (returning from Newbury at 4.10pm)

Route 6 leaves West Ilsley at 9.30am (returning from Newbury at 2.30pm)

A full list of valid services can be found on the Reading Buses website.