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September 2009

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Tridents to Upgrade Route 190


First Berkshire are currently receiving a batch of refurbished Tridents from London to increase capacity on route 190 which runs between Reading and Bracknell. The conversion to double deck is to take place gradually, but in preparation the service was diverted away from Plough Lane and Bean Oak Road from 29th August to avoid low hanging trees, with route 152 adjusted to cover these roads instead.

33147 on 21 September 2009

33147 at Bracknell depot on 21st September. Thanks to Bob Stanger for this photo.

A batch of five slightly older, but similar, Tridents are already in use on route 194 retaining London red livery pending repaint and centre door conversion. The first reports of this second batch entering service are still awaited.

The FirstGroup website quotes:

The reliability of buses between Bracknell and Reading has improved dramatically since 2006. There are some journeys on route 190 which have become very popular, particularly at the Reading end, so in order to provide a comfortable journey for everybody we are replacing the single-deck vehicles with double-deckers. Customers will receive an improved journey experience, particularly those travelling upstairs where legroom is more generous and views are unrivalled!

We hope to introduce further improvements to route 190 in the future. You can follow the 190 at

Newbury Show


Today saw the start of this years Royal County of Berkshire Show in Newbury, one hundred years after the first show was held. Newbury Buses ran their N10 shuttle service from Newbury Bus Station and Thatcham Broadway to the showground near Hermitage using Optare Spectras 721 and 722.

721 on 19 September 2009

721 at Newbury Bus Station this afternoon.

722 on 19 September 2009

722 temporarily on loan from Reading at Thatcham Broadway this evening.

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