Reading Rural Livery Preview
The forthcoming revamp of Reading's rural services 137/8 and 143/8/9 to become routes 2 and 3 will be accompanied by a new "rural" livery of silver and post box red, in a similar style to the Newbury Buses silver and British Racing green. The first vehicle to be repainted, Wright Solar 1006, has now arrived back from the paint shop and will re-enter service soon.
1006 amidst pre-rush hour traffic on the IDR at 1640 this afternoon.
Disappearing along Great Knollys Street.
Fleet Buzz Acquire Optare Versas
Fleet Buzz (Countywide Travel) have acquired two brand new Optare Versas for their fleet. They seem to be making occasional appearances on route 72 into Reading, as well as once-a-day route 80 to Yateley which has been in operation since at least last November.
64 at Reading Station today. The livery seems well suited to these vehicles.
Snow Causes Disruption
The heaviest snow across the South East of England for several years saw public transport disrupted in a number of areas today. Although subject to some delays, services in Reading all ran relatively normally with only some minor diversions on routes serving un-gritted roads.
5 waiting time before its next departure from Reading Station early this morning. It would seem that Station Hill doesn't get gritted, unlike most of the other roads in the Town Centre.
The desolate scene in Broad Street at 0720 this morning.
Most of the shops in the Oracle closed early at around 1600-1630 as more heavy snow was forecast. Only three stores remained open until the normal closing time of 2000.