New Solo Liveries
Two recent transfers from Newbury to Reading have now both entered service in new dedicated liveries for new contracted services.
107 wears a basic white livery for route 40 to the new Kennet Island development which commenced from 21st April. Funded using section 106 money from the developers, the plan is that the service will be further enhanced once the development allows access through to Basingstoke Road as more houses become occupied. The frequency will then be increased and the route revised to serve the Central Piazza and Morrisons.
107 at St. Mary's Butts on 7th June.
Meanwhile Oxfordshire County Council retendering allowed Reading to win route 142 from Thames Travel from 1st June. Officially tendered between Checkendon, Woodcote, Whitchurch and Pangbourne the service continues to be extended into Reading on a commercial basis.
122 at Cheapside stop CZ yesterday.
Both routes are operated by their own small dedicated team of drivers - those on the 40 under Reading Buses and those on the 142 under Goldline.
Woottens Launch Tiger Line
Woottens of Chesham have announced the creation of a new local bus division, which they have named Tiger Line. The first route T1 from Aylesbury to Hemel Hempstead commences on 28th July using vehicles from a fleet of six Leyland Tiger / East Lancs Myllennium Hylines recently acquired from Stagecoach East Scotland. Purchased by Stagecoach with the Strathtay business, these vehicles were re-bodied by East Lancs in 2000.
A12 WTN, formerly A127 ESG. Thanks to Woottens for this photo.Commenting on the launch of Tiger Line, Michael Wootten, Operations Director said "We have been reviewing the bus market in North East Buckinghamshire / South West Hertfordshire for a while now and have identified a niche for a quality operator providing new links. The launch of Tiger Line T1 is an exciting venture for us all and will complement our existing successful coach operation. We hope people enjoy this new & high quality service."
The rear profile of A12 WTN. Thanks to Woottens for this photo.
Reading Rail-Bus 2008
Yesterday saw the 6th annual Reading Rail-Bus railway / bus collectors fair take place at Rivermead. For the fifth year running Reading Heritage Travel operated a 20 minute service from Reading Station for most of the day using exReading Mainline Routemaster No.15, formerly known as RM999.
No.15 at Reading Station against a bright blue sky yesterday morning.
Also see the June 2004 news page.