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August 2013

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Reading Festival 2013 & Station North Interchange


This years festival was the first able to take advantage of the new Reading Station North interchange, after Reading Buses' special service 98 was relegated to the old bus station last year. Generic liveried Scania OmniDekkas were in charge of running the 98, with almost all examples noted in use at various points during the week.

801 on 26 August 2013

Recently repainted 801 arriving at the interchange along the Vastern Road bus lane this morning.

825 on 26 August 2013

825 turning into the interchange.

Incidentally, 825 was the first light pink OmniDekka repainted into silver and was the only one to retain its original layout with beige above the top deck rear windows and silver swoop behind the advert frame (which wasn't present on the original pink livery).

Normal Bank Holiday services have been gradually improved in recent years, with a number of unusual inter-workings to achieve the desired frequencies. The current timetables interwork half of the 11 service with routes 23 and 24 much as it was when the 24 ran through to Coley Park. This leads to generic OmniCity double deckers appearing on these routes throughout the day. The other half of the 11 is operated by a Wright Streetlite shared with route 29.

1110 on 26 August 2013

1110 at the Northern Interchange on route 24 today.

819 on 26 August 2013

There are two exits from the interchange depending on the direction of arrival, 819 is seen leaving the interchange running to and from Caversham Road.

Reading Station North 24 August 2013

The layout of the Northern Interchange on 24th with special signage in place for the festival goers. Reading Buses had their own posters on the stop. Thanks to Richard Mallett for this photo.

The 98 ran via Sainsbury's at certain times, whilst Sainsbury's were also running a free shuttle bus on 22nd-25th which was operated by Xelabus.

K891 CSF on 24 August 2013

Xelabus Leyland Olympian K891 CSF opposite Greyfriars Church on 24th. Thanks to Richard Mallett for this photo.

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