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October 2014

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Friar Street Returns to Normal-ish


Normal two way working returned to Friar Street on 9th October following gas main replacement works which commenced in April, although work in parts of the Town Centre continues. Various diversions and bus stop alterations have been in place during various phases of the work, with the main continuous one being the Friar Street westbound bus lane / West Street southbound bus lane / St Marys Butts southbound route being closed with buses diverted via the Market Place and Minster Street. Diversions remain in place on the inbound Pink Routes due to building/road works in Blagrave Street, which are mostly arriving via Caversham Road instead of The Forbury.

842 on 8 September 2014

842 on the recently introduced 15A short working to Dee Road on diversion through the Market Place on 8th September.

1107 on 11 October 2014

The Green Bus / Reading College branded 1107 helping out on route 23 on 11th October.

Meanwhile it's a catch-up on other new arrivals. With no sign of the new Enviro 400s in service (yet) the demonstrators remain in service. Enviro 350H demonstrator 498 is appearing sporadically across the Reading network, whilst 199 is in regular use at Newbury covering the Vodafone fleet (rather than 654 which is apparently intended to be used for this in future years).

199 on 28 September 2014

199 at Newbury depot on 28 September 2014. Thanks to Tony Atkins for this photo.

YJ14 BGZ on 8 September 2014

Courtney Buses new Optare Solo SR YJ14 BGZ in Friar Street on 8th September 2014.

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