Purple 17 Party
Today Reading Buses held their Launch Party for the new fleet of electric hybrids about to enter service on route 17 from Saturday 1 October. Guests including the mayors of Reading and Earley, Councillors and four competition winners were invited to dress in purple and attend the event held at Great Knollys Street this lunchtime.
The press pack photographing the officials on the purple carpet between bus and marquee.
Amongst the key messages was the fact that hybrids would make up over a third of Reading's double deck fleet once these vehicles enter service, thought to be one of the highest percentages in the UK, and highlighting not only the company's commitment to greener technologies but also British enterprise and manufacturing.
The line-up of 227 to 219 in sequence.
Earlier in the morning the new Claret Routes branding was unveiled as 212 was named Gordon Marshall after the previous Vice-Chancellor of Reading University who left the University this summer. Professor Marshall was hugely influential in the implementation of the University's carbon management programme launched last year. The buses have been in service without their branding over the summer building up to the naming and launch today, and the increased frequency to the University commencing on Monday 26th.
212 joined the Purple 17 line-up along with Yellow 207 and Generic 208. The remainder of the claret buses will be branded this weekend.
212 posed in Chancellors Way. Thanks to Mark Lyons for this photo.
Thames Travel Inherit Tridents
Two Tridents recently with Oxford Bus Company have entered service with Thames Travel during the last week or so. Plaxton President bodied R9 OXF transferred over in June following the arrival of the first hybrids for the Oxford Park & Ride fleet and received a repainted bottom half and Thames Travel logos, but has not been seen in service until now. Meanwhile Alexander ALX400 bodied T107 DBW was replaced by some of the last hybrid arrivals, and has entered service in base Park & Ride green (but still with its Oxford Brookes MegaRear) with Thames Travel logos. The reason for their arrival is as yet unknown.
R9 OXF on route 132 in Wallingford today. Thanks to Graham Low for this photo.
107 in service on 2nd September 2011. Thanks to Dale Scutter for this photo.
Purple 17 Preview
The final batch of 13 new Enviro400Hs for route 17 - to become 'Purple 17' - started to arrive this week. This has provided the opportunity to catch a first glimpse of their striking new livery ahead of the official launch that is being held on Monday 19th and their entry into service en-masse on 3rd October.
220 having been partially branding at Great Knollys Street following delivery on 5th. Thanks to Reading Buses for this photo.