Castle Hill & Church Road Closures
Monday 21st saw Castle Hill closed to large vehicles for underground mine exploration works that are expected to last for up to three weeks. The work is part of a long term Reading Borough Council investigation into hidden chalk mines in the area after shafts dating back to 1802 collapsed in nearby Field Road in 2000. Buses were diverted via Russell Street and Oxford Road, with temporary stops located in West Street to replace those outside St. Mary's Church. Although not directly affected by the works, buses on Green Park FastTrack were diverted via Bridge Street instead of Castle Street.
207 making the turn into Oxford Road underneath the Christmas lights yesterday.
858 loading on West Street yesterday.
This weekend saw the closure of the Church Road railway bridge for maintenance work, leading to a lengthy diversion on route 19 along Wokingham Road and London Road to maintain the service. Buses towards Woodley used St. Bartholomew's Road, whilst buses towards Reading were to use Palmer Park Avenue, but in the event some also used St. Bartholomew's Road to avoid tailbacks up to traffic lights at the Three Tuns.
123 passing Palmer Park Avenue on Wokingham Road yesterday.
Also in October
Reading launched it's updated Thames Valley Park service on 10th October with new branding on generic liveried 1110-14 recently displaced from route 17. These Scania OmniCity double deckers replace the previous Scania OmniCity single deckers 1-5 which will be held in reserve over the winter. Lime green 1015-6 which had been temporarily drafted in to help cope with increased loadings will now be sold along with similar 1017-19.
1114 passing Huntley & Palmers on 27th October. Thanks to Peter Coney for this photo.
The Thames Travel fleet continues to see gradual changes following the takeover by Go-Ahead. Former Oxford Bus Company Park & Ride Trident 109 is now in service wearing a new blue skirt to approximate Thames Travel's blue, green and white wave livery following conversion to single door layout. 107 is thought to now be away for similar treatment, with 112 also in service.
109 on Station Road on 27th October. Thanks to Peter Coney for this photo.
Also not yet featured here is an example of First Berkshire's new RailAir Volvo B9R / Plaxton Panther 2s with full branding.
20806 passing Vastern Road by the Forbury on 3rd October 2011. Thanks to Peter Coney for this photo.