GoRide – An introduction to their bus service and the timetable for our new #90 bus

The new community service (Bus 90) will link Hungerford to Swindon and all points in-between with our nippy little low floor buses. Buses run on Mondays to Saturdays, (not bank holidays), from 07:30 in the morning until 17:45 in the evening, meaning you can use the bus to go to work, college, hospital or the shops. During the day the community bus runs through Lambourn, meaning that passengers can now go direct from Great Shefford to Swindon or Ashbury to Hungerford. It follows a timetable, however between Hungerford and Lambourn the bus can divert to any reasonable destination along the route, including the doctors surgery in Lambourn or Membury Service Station.


The fares are the same as present and you can buy your ticket on the bus ; we will even give you change! If you want to travel regularly, the 10 trip ticket will give you the best savings; it now has no expiry date. GO RIDE ,of course,  will honour the concessionary pass after 09:00 in West Berkshire and Oxfordshire and 09:30 in Swindon. You can get a full timetable from your parish office, the GO RIDE website (www.goridebus.co.uk) or on Bus 90.


All your parish councils will be regularly involved in a review of the service and we are looking for passengers to be part of the review as well. If you might want to be on the review committee please drop us an email at hello@goridebus.co.uk and we will talk it over with you.



Click on timetables below to view full size:

1) Monday to Friday

Mon-Fri 90 Bus Timetable

2) Saturdays

Sat 90 Bus Timetable

Success – Welcome to the new GoRide #90 bus service !

In our last website post on this issue and in last month’s Parish Times we described the situation at about half way through September. In brief, residents of Bishopstone, Hinton Parva and Wanborough had flooded the e-mail system of SBC and their Cabinet meeting on 11 September, having heard about the proposal to cancel the No 47 bus, and forced a re-think.


After meetings with SBC, we were able to reassure parishioners at the Parish Council meeting on 7 October that there will be a continuing bus service to Swindon from the Parish.


The Thamesdown No 47 service will cease on Saturday 26 October and a new GoRide No 90 service will start on Monday 28 October.  There will be 6 services Monday to Friday from Bishopstone to Swindon bus station and return, and 5 on Saturdays.  The timings will be broadly similar to the No 47 timings and we have been assured that Thamesdown Transport will have the new timetable posted at bus stops and will be distributing a leaflet on the bus at least two weeks in advance of the change.   A copy of the new timetable is shown below and will be included in the next edition of the Parish Times.


The bus will be a 16 seater, to be operated by a new not-for-profit bus company called GoRide CIC, partly subsidized by West Berkshire, Oxon and SBC.  There was some concern expressed that there would not be sufficient capacity on this bus at certain peak times of day, particularly on the first run of the day into Swindon for those going to work and to college. However, GoRide have told us:

“When the 16 passenger limit is reached GoRide’s ‘no passenger left behind’ policy kicks in. This backup plan is triggered when passenger volume boarding in Lambourn exceeds a threshold. (This threshold is to be defined). The exact plan is still to be finalized but on other current GoRide bus routes the backup plan has involved an additional backup bus and/or 8 seater taxis running the bus route.”

The details of this backup plan will be published on the village website ( http://bishopstoneandhintonparva.org/parishcouncil/sample-page/parish-council-news/ ) as soon as they become known to us.


Also at launch and for the first two weeks they will run a second extra morning bus as well, to gauge if this additional capacity is needed longer term and to ensure that passengers get an initial positive experience.


GoRide buses provide change when bus fares are paid at the bus. GoRide buses can be hailed / stopped at any safe location along the route.


If you have a Thamesdown Transport bus pass or season ticket and wish to use the GoRide No 90 service regularly, you will have to obtain a refund from Thamesdown Transport and purchase tickets from GoRide. They do not offer an extended season ticket but sell “Frequent Traveller” books of 10 tickets and will agree a price for anybody who requires more than that, e.g. for the academic year.  This does not affect anybody with an OAP bus pass.


The telephone number for GoRide is 0330 330 8489 (this is also shown on the timetable) and this is manned whenever the bus is operating.


GoRide have offered to run a Q&A session in the village at which they will answer questions on the new service and sell tickets.  Watch the notice boards and website for further details.


The other change that has been made by SBC and Thamesdown Transport is that the 46A and 48A services will be routed through Upper and Lower Wanborough and the Marsh, to provide transport to and from Swindon for Wanborough residents. They will continue to use a Thamesdown Transport season ticket.



Proposal to cancel our Thamesdown number 47 bus ! We need your support NOW !!

Your local bus service needs you !

You may have already heard that Swindon Borough Council have made a recommendation to cancel the No. 47 Thamesdown Bus service that serves this and surrounding villages.  The recommendation is that this service ceases to run on the 24th October 2013 in order to make savings as it has been decided that this service is no longer viable.  You may think differently, or know someone who does.

You may or may not currently use this bus service but the bus is an essential part of keeping our village accessible and many people rely on this service.  If we lose this service, we will never get it back.

We desperately need your help. NOW ! This recommendation to cancel our village lifeline will be voted upon at the next Swindon Borough Council cabinet meeting on Wednesday 11th September at 6pm and our case will be presented by our Ridgeway Ward Councillor – Andrew Bennett.

Please can we ask you to do two things to support our campaign to save our Bus.

1)     In Writing;

Please email Councillor Andrew Bennett on abennett@ndirect.co.uk and voice your support for the No. 47 Bus.  Please ask anyone in your household / or other people you know, who also has an email address to do the same.  If you do not have email please contact him on 01793 790563, or write to him at Forge Cottage, 2 Church Road, Wanborough, SN4 0BZ.

Please also copy your local MP Robert Buckland on Robert.buckland.mp@parliament.uk


2)     In Person;

We have the opportunity to gather a small army of local villagers who are passionate about retaining our bus service.  Therefore we are asking that you join us for the opening ‘Public Question Time’ part of this meeting and add weight to our support of this service.  Historically the more public support for an issue such as this the better impact we can have.  The meeting starts at 6pm on Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Committee Room 6, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH. We are looking to take as many passionate villagers as possible.  If you drive, please ask around to see if you can take anyone else with you.  If you don’t drive and you do want to attend, please gather at the bus stop in Bishopstone at 5pm on the 11th Sept and someone will take you down to the meeting.  And bring you back, of course. If you do require a lift please advise Lesley Drewitt (Clerk to the Parish Council) who is organising the transportation logistics via email lesley@tynash.com or by phone (evenings only) on 01488 71828.

Details of the proposal to cancel the 47 bus service are to be found on SBC’s web site as per below.

(CM: KW) 9. Implementation of the Local Bus Strategy. pdf icon PDF 37 KB

Additional documents:

Please do help us retain this service – Once it is gone, it will be gone.  Forever.

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The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust

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Registered Charity No 1073127


The Trust  provide a Courtesy Home Security Service for older, vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Swindon and Wiltshire, who have become, or are at risk of becoming victims of house crime or domestic abuse.


Our Operators drive Police marked vehicles and dress as Police Support staff, their salaries, the security equipment we use and their vehicles are all funded by the Trust.


Once we have been contacted, an appointment is made by the Bobby Van Administrator for an Operator to visit homes and conduct a full security survey and fire risk assessment.  With the agreement of the client, appropriate devices are installed to secure the property.  Time is spent offering reassurance to clients and advice is given on how to protect against house crime.  Often the fear of crime is as damaging as the crime itself.


We offer talks to community groups and clubs in a pro-active approach to securing homes for all over 60s or those vulnerable due to a disability.


If you know someone in your community who would benefit from a visit please call 01225 794652 to arrange a visit.

Submission of Swindon Borough Local Plan 2026 and the Statement of Community Involvement in Planning

Swindon Borough Council Local Plan 2026 has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for the purposes of an examination to take place later this year.  The document is available for inspection at the house of the Parish Council Chair (Simon Jenkins) as requested by SBC.


Full details about this SBC Local Plan 2026 and the planning process can be found –> Here


The 2 legal notification documents from SBC are also on the Bishopstone and Hinton Parva notice boards and are also reproduced here. Submission Notification & Publication Notification


Foxhill Moto-cross Dates 2013

27th/28th April      British Masters Motocross


18th/19th May      To Be Confirmed


2nd June             Maxxis


23rd June            One Day Quad Bike Event


20th/21st July      Two Day Youth Event


10th/11th August  Two Day Youth Event


24th/25th August  Two Day Youth Event


19th/20th October  ACU British Youth Team

Great Western Hospital Public Lectures

GWH Public Lectures

Come along and join the GWH for a series of evening talks hosted by our passionate clinical staff:

Weds 6th March – “Dementia by Dr Debesh Mukherjee

Weds 1st May – “Snoring!” by Dr Deepak Gupta

Weds 3rd July – “Heart Disease” by Dr Badri Chandrasekaran

Weds 4th Sept – “Embarrassing Bodies (things that make you go…ooh!)” by Dr Jessica Daniel

Weds 6th Nov – “Diabetes” by Dr Beas Bhattacharya


All of the above will be held in Lecture Hall 1, The Academy, Great Western Hospital, 6.30pm – 7.30pm.

Parish Council feedback to Swindon Borough Council on the pre-submission draft of the Local Plan 2026

The public feedback period for the pre-submission draft of Swindon Borough Council’s Local Plan 2026 closed today.

Click through our Parish Council’s feedback link and this Joint Parish Councils Feedback link to view the detailed feedback provided by your Parish Council on Swindon Borough Council’s Local Plan 2026.

Details of the Local Plan itself are referenced on the previous post -> click here to view this post.

Swindon South Neighbourhood Policing Team Quarterly Newsletter


Please find below the most recent Quarterly Newsletter prepared by your local Policing Team.




If you would like to discuss any of the topics raised or any issues whatsoever, please feel free to contact me or my colleagues on either the

101 Police non-emergency telephone – Mobile 07528 972053

or via this email address specified – rory.draper@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk


Kind Regards

Rory Draper

Community Beat Manager


Swindon South NPT

Swindon Police Station


South Marston



SN3 4RB.