Transport, Train & Bus links
Downland Villages Transport Group
The DVTG, with financial support from the Astons Parish Council, is continuing to run the Friday Bus to Wallingford on a trial basis. The bus leaves from opposite The Chequers at 10.28 and returns from Wallingford Market Place at 13.15 (or Wallingford Hospital at 13.20). The full timetable is on the Astons community website. The DVTG has started to charge users at the rate of £1.75 for a single journey. Two single tickets will, therefore, be required for a return journey.
Tickets are not for sale from the driver, but Debbie at The Sweet Olive has kindly agreed to hold and sell tickets on behalf of the DVTG - so these can be purchased from the bar during normal opening hours. As it is now a private service, users need to be registered before traveling on the bus, but this can be easily done on line on DVTGbus@gmail.com or at the time of first purchasing a ticket by completing the registration form held by Debbie.
During term time Thames Travel are running their 94A service to Didcot on weekdays.The bus leaves from opposite The Chequers at 07.59 and returns from The Orchard Centre at 15.45 on Monday to Thursday and 14.45 on Fridays.
The village is situated approximately four miles from Didcot Parkway main line station with frequent fast services to London Paddington, Reading, Swindon, Oxford and Bristol. It is also a similar distance to Cholsey and Goring stations which provide local stopping services to the same destinations and to the intermediate stations.
The A34 trunk road from the South of England ports to the Midlands is easily reached within five miles. The M4 motorway west to Bristol and South Wales can be reached in 20 minutes from the A34, and the M4 east into London and to Heathrow airport can be reached in a similar time through Pangbourne on the A329. The M40 to Birmingham is approximately 30 minutes to the north via the A34.
London Heathrow is approximately 50 minutes by car or it can be reached via the RailAir link from Didcot Parkway through Reading.