National rail strike – update for south west trains customers
Following the decision to suspend strike action by members of the RMT and TSSA unions, employed by Network Rail; South West Trains will now run a normal planned service.
A Saturday service will be in place on Bank Holiday Monday (25 May) and normal weekday services will resume on Tuesday (26 May).
Basingstoke is well served by public transport, both bus and rail. You can download local public transport network maps by visiting Hampshire County Council’s public transport webpages or visit our transport links webpage to find out more about transport operators.
If you are considering travel to and from Basingstoke, you may find the information in the table below useful. For more detailed information on transport provision in the rest of the county including bus service changes and transport developments please go to the Hampshire County Council website.
Hampshire County Council review of local bus and community transport services 2014
Hampshire County Council (HCC) announced the outcome of its review on 27 October 2014. The following link will take you to the HCC website where you will be able to view the decision notice and report, which gives detail on how the review has affected your area.
Reading station area redevelopment
Reading can easily be reached from Basingstoke by train and there is currently a project underway to improve the passenger experience on all journeys to and from Reading station. Most of these improvements will take place without any impact on passengers, however there will be times when journeys may be affected. More information on the progress of this project including any passenger updates can be found on the Network Rail site.
Rail service providers include:
- South West Trains, linking Basingstoke with Whitchurch, London and the South Coast
- First Great Western who provide services to the West Country as well as to and from Bramley and Reading
- CrossCountry offers other national routes, such as services to Birmingham. Manchester and Glasgow.
Please see below for information on approximate journey times to selected destinations from Basingstoke
|Travelling to/from||Using||Expected journey time*|
|Central London|| Rail direct (Waterloo)
Rail direct (Victoria)
Road (Charing Cross - congestion charging zone)
|Eurostar terminal (London St Pancras)||Rail (via London Waterloo and London Underground||90 minutes|
|Heathrow Airport||Road (via M3, M25, M4)
Terminals 1 to 5 Rail (via Woking or Reading)
|Gatwick Airport||Road (via M3, M25, M23)
Rail (via Clapham Junction)
|Southampton Airport||Road (via M3, M27)
Rail (Southampton Airport Parkway)
|Bournemouth Airport||Road (via M3, M27, A31)
* Note: all journey times are approximate and allowance should be made for unforeseen delays.
Find out about three new bus services that are being trialled in Basingstoke and Deane from Monday 5 January 2015.
Most local bus services in the borough are operated by Stagecoach in Hampshire. Operators such as Newbury & District Buses run services on other routes. The Stagecoach bus network covering the borough includes links to towns such as Alton, Andover, Baughurst, Camberley, Tadley, Whitchurch and cities like Winchester. There is no direct bus link to Reading. Visit the Stagecoach website for further information.
Stagecoach operates the Centre Shuttle service, linking Basingstoke Leisure Park with the Town Centre.
Details of other operators' timetables together with individual bus stop locations can be obtained by visiting the Traveline South West website.
Alternatively you can check the times of the next three buses from any stop in Hampshire via your mobile phone. For details of how to do this and the charge you will incur, visit the txt4times website.
National Express services stop on Alencon Link opposite the railway station providing direct services to Heathrow Airport, Bournemouth, Southampton and other UK destinations.
If you are travelling by bus and train, you may wish to consider using a PLUSBUS ticket. This is a discount price ticket entitling you to unlimited bus travel around town and is available when you buy your train ticket. You pay for your complete journey in one easy transaction at the train station, or by phone. Further information can be found on the PLUSBUS website. In Basingstoke the participating operators are Newbury Buses and Stagecoach ( Note: PLUSBUS tickets are not accepted on the Basingstoke Centre Shuttle operated by Stagecoach).
Taxishares and Carshares in Hampshire
A Taxishare or Carshare is similar to a bus service only a taxi/private hire picks passengers up instead of a bus. These services are often put in place when a bus service no longer operates in the area and can be known as either a Taxishare or Carshare. Find out which Taxishares and Carshares operate in the Basingstoke area.
All taxishares/carshares are bookable which means that to use them you must first book your place in the car. In order to register for this service please ring the Hampshire County Council (HCC) Community Transport Team on 01962 846786.
Most services run to a set timetable just like a bus even if you are the only person who wants to travel, but will not run if nobody has booked.
Passengers either get picked up from their home address or their nearest bus stop depending on which Taxishare/Carshare you use and you will be dropped at a specific point.
To find out if you are eligible to use this service and for further information, please call the HCC Community Transport Team on 01962 846786.
Basingstoke Council also licenses Hackney Carriages (taxis) and private hire operators, which provide individual journeys. For further information, visit the Hackney Carriages Licensing pages