- Alexander Dennis Enviro 400
- See also: Alexander Dennis Enviro 400H, Enviro 400 MMC & Enviro 400 CBG
Nine Enviro 400s 1201-9 were originally owned and operated by Weavaway Travel (Newbury & District). The first six were branded for Reading Buses Jet Black route 1 between Reading and Newbury and operated under contract to Reading Buses, and the last three were Weavaway fleet vehicles (branded Newbury & District Skyrider) that were used on route 1 as spares when required. Consequently all nine were fitted with Reading's real time information and bus stop announcement system, requiring the allocation of fleet numbers 1201-9 from the outset. The vehicles were also fitted with Euro V EEV engines, high back seats, seatbelts and free WiFi. 1207-9 also featured tables.
1203 is seen below at the official launch event at the Holiday Inn, Padworth on 4th April 2011, the day before it entered service:
The vehicles were acquired by Reading Buses on 1 September 2014 following the end of the subcontracting arrangement with Weavaway and the introduction of a revised timetable requiring an seventh vehicle each day with four based in Reading and three in Newbury. In advance of this 1202 was released from Weavaway for the removal of seatbelts at Great Knollys Street during mid August, followed by the others on rotation including 1209 on around 20 August (1207-9 also had some of their tables removed and seats rearranged into standard configuration, and 1208/9 had cash vaults fitted). Wright Solar 1010 was loaned to Weavaway to provide cover if required but was rarely used. 1208 was also sent to Hants & Dorset trim for repaint into generic livery in advance, being noted there awaiting preparation on 11 August 2014, and re-entering service on 10th September. At this stage it had its downstairs tables removed, but upstairs tables still in place. Seven of 1201-7/9 entered service on the 1 under Reading Transport ownership on 1st September, with the eighth soon after. 1208 is seen below on 22nd September 2014:
1209 was repainted into generic silver and had its interior converted to standard specification at Hants & Dorset trim during October, being noted ready to return 14th October 2014 and back at Great Knollys Street by 19th being prepared to return to service. It was noted back in service on 31st October 2014.
1207 was being prepared for repaint into JetBlack livery on 9th November, and departed for Hants & Dorset trim on 11th. It was completed for return on 5th December, and was back in service by 11th.
The branding on 1201-3/5-7 was updated in April 2017 to reflect the Kennections style and co-incide with the launch of the JetRed brand for the Newbury - Thatcham routes, with 1204 completed in May. 1203/7 were the first to be done by 14th April.
Two further Enviro 400s 1210/11 were purchased from the University of Plymouth in June 2015 to boost the fleet ahead of taking on the operation of First's Reading - Bracknell route 90 from 26 July. They entered service on contracts for Chiltern Edge School which Reading had won a tender to operate from September 2015, but negotiated with the previous operator Weavaway to start early. They ran without assault screens or ticket machines. In late July they departed for Thornton's for repaint and refurbishment with wood effect floors, new black spot moquette, USB charging points and 4G WiFi added. 1210 gained full Lion livery before returning to service on 22nd August 2015, followed by 1211 soon after.
A further example was to be purchased from Lloyds Coaches in August 2015 to complete the fleet required for the Reading - Bracknell service. However, in the event Lloyds decided to retain the vehicle. As things transpired from there it was sold to Go-Goodwins, Eccles along with their second example, and both were acquired by Reading Buses in August 2016 for the new Kennections network in Newbury and allocated fleet numbers 1212 and 1214. 1212 was plain red as a spare for Vodafone and Kennections whilst 1214 entered service on 5 September 2016 in Kennections livery. 1212 had returned from repaint by 2nd October 2016 and in service by 7th.
1208 was repainted into original Reading Buses cream and maroon livery with aquamarine stripe in July 2016 with lettering to celebrate 30 years of deregulation in the bus industry, being displayed at the company's annual open day on 3 July prior to returning to service on 4 July. The livery was modified in July 2017 to Newbury Buses to celebrate 25 years of operations in Newbury. In December 2017 it was repainted into Greenline livery to commence operations on route 702 between Bracknell and London from 27th December 2017, making it's first appearance on a route 702 heritage running day on Sunday 24th December 2017 to bridge the gap between First finishing on 23rd and Reading's operation starting on 27th.
1212 was repainted into Vamooz livery in July 2017, ahead of the launch with partner Transdev Blazefield on 26th.
Last updated: 21-01-18
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