Reading Rock Festival
The Reading Festival once again opened its doors to revellers over the bank holiday weekend, seemingly bigger and noisier than ever. Reading Buses operated their route 98 shuttle service from Reading Station to the Moderation pub on Caversham Road as last year, but with the timetable on going home day today starting an hour earlier than last year. The service was operated by a mixture of generic liveried Scania OmniDekkas and the step entrance Spectras which have been repainted into The Green Bus livery over the summer.
708 arriving at the Station this morning.
802 dropping off revellers.
In addition to this, services 15 and 33 were relocated to the main island at the Station in order to accommodate a queuing system for entry onto trains, whilst out of town services also saw some busy loads for a bank holiday morning with both Arriva and Thames Travel having a number of double deckers out.
Volvo Olympian S150 KNK on the 800 to High Wycombe - the crowds in the background queuing for the trains had actually diminished somewhat by this time!
1004 loading a crowd of people heading for Newbury.
Wednesday 25 August 2010 - 708, 712, 801, 803 noted
Thursday 26 August 2010
Friday 27 August 2010
Monday 30 August 2010 - 708, 711, 730, 801, 802 noted
Fares - £1 single, no change available.
711 and 730 taking a break at the Station this morning.
710 or 713 was the last bus in the fleet to wear Reading Buses cream and maroon livery with the aquamarine stripe.
Town Centre Preparations for Revamped Reading Station
Preparatory works ahead of the redevelopment of Reading Station later this year are now well underway in the Town Centre. In addition to major changes in the immediate vicinity of the Station, the Station redevelopment requires a number of changes to traffic flows around the Town Centre before the work can start, with Greyfriars Road, West Street and St. Mary's Butts returning to two way traffic.
The first phase of work started on 19th July with West Street closed for reconstruction. Buses have been diverted via Cheapside, with the restriction on the right hand turn into Friar Street temporarily removed to avoid buses having to go around the Chatham Street roundabout. A temporary stop for buses from Oxford Road and Russell Street has been located opposite Argos just before the turn into Cheapside. Work is expected to last until 27th.
West Street on 29th July.
1021 turning into Cheapside on 31st July.
829 turning right from Cheapside into Friar Street on 31st July.
Thames Travel's 106 making same the turn.
At the same time work has taken place in St Mary's Butts to alter the kerb lines and resurface, with temporary stops located before and after the work when necessary. The pavement area by bus stops CR, CS and CT was resurfaced between 2000 and 0500 on the nights of 2-3 August and 3-4 August with all buses using stop CM.
Work as it stood on St Mary's Butts on 29th July.
From approx 30th August work will start on Friar Street West and the reconstruction of Station Road. From October work will then move to Friar Street East, from November work takes place on Blagrave Street and Valpy Street (with a break for Christmas), and finally work moves to Blagrave Street outside the Station from January 2011 until April.