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January 2005

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  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: Rugby 20221, 20223, 20224, 20225, 20813, 20816 have been branded for route 86. Thanks to Terry Wightman and Keith Wood for this. 18177-80 were returned from Oxford to Manchester yesterday, although 18181 remained in service today.



  • First Berkshire Fleet List: 46196/8 transferred to First Somerset & Avon on 10th. A Volvo Olympian / Northern Counties is likely to transfer from Uxbridge to Slough from 5th February to allow Slough to take over route 335 from Uxbridge depot. Thanks to Matthew Wooll for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: 40150 is still withdrawn, but is now back in Rugby rather than Nuneaton. Thanks to Keith Wood for this. 18198 - KN54 ZXO arrived in Oxford towards the end of last week. At least three of the loaned Manchester Tridents will be returned this weekend. 13615/25 will transfer out from Leamington when two new Neoplan Skylines - 50140/1 arrive to replace them sometime in March.


  • Reading Transport MetroRiders after RTL: Details on former 610 and 613 updated. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • Reading Transport Optare StarRiders: Current status of former 207 added. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • First Berkshire Fleet List: New in November 2004 was another BMC 1100 school bus registered RX54 OGZ, and allocated to Bracknell. The same month similar 68502 is reported to have once again returned from Bracknell to the BMC dealer in Coventry. 46195/7 transferred to First Somerset & Avon during November, whilst fire damaged 34274 returned to service during December 2004, earlier the previously noted. 46919 was repainted into corporate livery during November as well as 46918 recorded previously. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.




  • Reading Transport Fleet List: BREAKING NEWS: A further 8 Scania L94UB / Wright Solars have been ordered for delivery in May/June in addition to the 12 due next month. They are to be numbered 1001-20, and will replace Optare Excels 917-24, 937-40, 943-45, 946-50 which will start to leave when the first Solars enter service on 21-02-05. A number of low floor single deckers are to be hired between February and May/June to cover the gap left between the departure of the Excels and arrival of the extra 8 Solars. 624 is to return to service in Reading rather than Newbury as originally planned, whilst 193 is also to return to service in Reading soon. Many thanks to Sam Simpson for this update.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: New arrivals at Oxford today are Dennis Trident / Alexander ALX400 KN54 ZXL/M which are expected to become 18196/7. They wear Brookes Bus livery as expected.
  • First Berkshire Fleet List: Fire damaged 34274 has returned to service. Thanks to Stephen Le-Bras for this.


  • Reading MCW Metrobuses: 457, 460, 465, 466, 468 are the examples which have had a full seat retrim as part of the recent repaint and refurbishment process




  • Thames Travel Fleet List: A surprise new acquisition is Scania N94 / East Lancs OmniDekka OU54 PGZ. Thanks to Malcolm Crowe for this.
  • Weavaway Travel Fleet List: S222 AJW is named B. McGrew. Pugh 1, Pugh 2, B. McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub (aka YN03 NCF, YN04 NEF, S222 AJW, V78 JKG, V79 JKG, V81 JKG) have all been advertised for sale in the trade press, this is quoted as being due to the imminent arrival of new vehicles.
  • First Berkshire: New photo of 64819 added, and text brought up to date
  • First Berkshire Fleet List: 65624 has a MegaRear for Bracknell Shopping
  • Reading MCW Metrobuses: Summary list of recent repaints added and text updated
  • Reading Transport Newbury Bus Fares: Details on some fares from December 2003 corrected. Thanks to Jon Nutt for this.








  • News Page: Seasons Greetings article amended again with another vehicle noted displaying Christmas ads
  • Reading Transport: New photo of 814 added and broken hyperlinks removed
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire Fleet List: 16518-20 have lost their Brookes Bus logos, and 16518 now looks like it is going to remain at Oxford rather than transfer to Leamington. 14930 (Rugby), 14931 (Rugby), 14933 (Leamington) and 14936 (Banbury) left the fleet for a single new owner not long after being withdrawn a few months back.
  • Contact Bus Zone: Fancy email link added to help reduce spam

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