The History of Reading Transport Limited

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Reading's public transport started with stagecoaches that ran along the London - Bath - Bristol road in the 18th and 19th centuries. Then in 1840 the Great Western Railway reached the town, meaning that people had to be able to get to the station in order to use the train. Operations gradually expanded with the town, serving new housing developments in various different ways. The company has also expanded well outside it's traditional operating area and is regarded as one of the most successful bus companies in the UK. The main eras are detailed below:

Today the company runs under a variety of brands:

  • Reading Buses - core Reading network and interurban services to Reading
  • Kennections - West Berkshire contracted services in Newbury (operated as part of Reading Buses)
  • Green Line - services from Slough to London and Heathrow
  • Thames Valley Buses - operations in Slough
  • Newbury & District - bus and coach operations in Newbury
  • Courtney Buses - buses in Bracknell, Maidenhead and Slough

Plus liveries for corporate contract work in various locations and National Express.