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August 2005

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Station Disruptions

27-08-05

One or two events in Reading recently have led to some disruption in the vicinity of the station. On the morning of 22nd August Tudor Road was closed by the police whilst they were trying to get a man down from the roof of one of the buildings in the area. Buses were diverted via Friar Street and Greyfriars Road.

Tudor Road on 22 August 2005 (48616 bytes)

The scene at 7.30 that morning.

This weekend sees the annual Rock Festival at Rivermead, and the myriad of visitors associated with it. Some of the stops on the side of Station Hill nearest the Station had to be closed on Friday evening due to the large number of people walking down to Rivermead, with buses departing from stop SJ on the central stand instead. Notices on the stops suggest that the same may also have applied at other times. Also the Caversham-bound stops at Caversham Road Fire Station, Swansea Road and The Moderation were suspended from 8.35am on Thursday 25th until the end of service on Friday 26th due to the heavy traffic.

Special rock festival service 98 has been in operation as usual. This year a large poster version of the special leaflet was posted on the "Plus Bus" Reading bus information board directly outside the station to help attract attention to the service. Then the same special flag from last year was put up at stop SA, along with the information about the service on a notice.

705 on 27 August 2005 (44173 bytes)

705 on the 98 today.

The information given on the Reading Buses website (which was very similar to that shown on the leaflets and notices) is quoted below:

"Reading Buses will again operate Service 98 for the benefit of Festival-goers.

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August, 2005
From Reading Station, stop SA to Caversham Road/Richfield Avenue at 1030 and every 20 minutes until 1750. The adult single fare is 1.20 and the child single fare is 80 pence. Customers are advised that no change is given on Reading Buses’ services.

Saturday 27 August, 2005
From Caversham Road (opposite The Moderation) to Tesco, Kings Meadow at 0740 and every 40 minutes until 1740, returning from Tesco, Kings Meadow to Caversham Road (opposite The Moderation) at 0758 and every 40 minutes until 1758. These journeys operate via Reading Station (stop SA). The adult single fare is 1.20 and the Child single fare is 80 pence. Day Return fares are available at 2.20 for adults and 1.50 for Children. Customers are advised that no change is given on Reading Buses’ services.

Sunday 28 August, 2005
From Caversham Road (opposite The Moderation) to Tesco, Kings Meadow at 0940 and every 40 minutes until 1540, returning from Tesco, Kings Meadow to Caversham Road (opposite The Moderation) at 0958 and every 40 minutes until 1558. These journeys will also operate via Reading Station (stop SA). Fares are the same as Saturday.

Monday 29 August, 2005
From Caversham Road (opposite The Moderation) to Calcot (for National Express) via Reading Station (stop SW) at 0700 and every 30 minutes until 1430. The adult single fare is 1.20. The Child single fare is 80 pence. Customers are advised that no change is given on Reading Buses’ services."


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