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Good News for Reading People

Having seen some of the Labour leaflets being pushed through the doors of some areas of Reading and the doom and gloom they contain, I thought it would be worth highlighting some recent great news for local people:

£8m Investment in the Royal Berks Hospital

In fantastic news for local cancer suffers, £8,000,000 of equipment to tackle cancer is to be installed in our local hospital. According to local reports up to 1,200 additional patients will be able to be treated on two new machines which will deliver radiotherapy treatment. Having had several family members and several friends locally suffer from cancer I am delighted at what the BBC describes as the biggest investment in the cancer unit since it opened in 1989.

More Price Reductions for Bus Passengers

Following the success of several “£1 to town” deals, Reading Buses has announced that Caversham residents are to benefit from a new reduced ticket offer of a £3 day ticket. Since a single ticket usually costs £1.70 this represents a 40p saving on a return ticket within Caversham or to the town centre.

Crime Falls in Reading

Over the last year the level of crime in Reading has fallen significantly. There were around 2,800 fewer offences with rape, burglary and crimes of violence all down. Overall the figures showed a drop of 7.1% in all categories of crime. Vehicle crime fell by a huge 36% over the last year.

The next time that a Labour leaflet comes through your door or if you are troubled by a Labour canvasser do ask them why none of this good news features in their election campaign!


April 19, 2011 - Posted by | Local


  1. Wow I didnt know about crime falling. That is quite a result.

    Comment by Doodlebug | April 20, 2011 | Reply

  2. I hadn’t realised that so many people are now so disenchanted with the CPS and TVP that they can’t be bothered to report crime any more.

    Comment by Gideon Mack | April 20, 2011 | Reply

  3. I think I commented before but lost it in the technology.

    Only Central/Lower Caversham residents will benefit from the new bus fares. It will still cost me £2.70 to get to the RBH by bus arriving any time before about 10.30 am – starting from Woodcote Way. Same price applies to all your residents in Peppard ward. OK, I can come back with my bus pass. Or pay even more for a £3 return. Probably quicker and easier and cheaper to drive and park in the RBH multi-storey. I’ll keep trying not to have any reason to attend RBH….

    Incidentally: I can recollect local bus numbering going through 29 and 20 and 12 and 9 (at least) and now 22, but did you have to change the distinctive lime green bus so its now the same deep pink as almost all other buses going to Caversham, and far too easy for a very occasional bus user to get on a bus going to entirely the wrong quarter of Caversham?

    Comment by Christine | April 23, 2011 | Reply

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