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April 2011

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  • Oxford Bus Company Fleet List: 301, 303, 304 and 306 entered service on 27th (306 in place of originally intended 302) with 302, 305 and 307 also expected to be in service by today. 308-17 will be registered HH/HJ-HN/HP/HR-HS/HY11 OXF and all are H47/30F. 226 and 231 have received Vivacity branding and 223 Centricity branding. 790/1 have been withdrawn and were returned to Brighton & Hove on 26th and 820/1 have been withdrawn and transferred to Go North East. Demonstrator 800 was returned on 9th July 2010. 111 was repainted into Brookesbus livery last July along with the others previously noted, loosing its MegaRear for The Ashmolian.




  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 722 departed for Norfolk Green's painters either yesterday or today. 723 arrived at Norfolk Green today following repaint, whilst 724 had already arrived following repaint. 722 was therefore both the first low floor Spectra to join the town fleet and the last one to leave (ignoring it's stint on DayTrack/NightTrack along with 721/3).
  • Reading Transport Leyland Olympians: New photo of former 15 with Hampshire elderly services added. Thanks to David Smith for this.
  • S360 ADP has fleet number 4 instead of 6, whilst W117 TJF has reverted from 7 back to 6.
  • Aldermaston Coaches Fleet List: New in March was Volvo B7R / Sunsundegui BX11 GUW numbered 11, and in January Mercedes-Benz 0813D / Onyx SF03 VUX numbered 3. Thanks to Bus Fare magazine for this. It is not yet known what, if anything, these have replaced. The departure of H458/9 FLD (2/1), V901 LOH (3) and M39 CHS (9) have not previously been noted, with Y452 DCY joining the fleet as 1 in January 2009, FE02 FBX as 2 in September 2009, YX55 ADV as 6 in March 2009 and SF59 BXV as 9 in November 2010. Listing converted to Excel format.
  • Courtney Coaches Fleet List: A second new Optare Solo for the Basingstoke Centre Shuttle is KX11 EER. Thanks to Gary Baxter for this. These will presumably replace Enviro 200s KX08 HMD/E.
  • Weavaway Travel Fleet List: KX08 OMB/C/E/F/G passed to Plaxton (dealer) in March in part exchange for the new Enviro 400s.


  • News Page: New Reading Station & Town Centre Routes with photos of 842, 859, 1027 and Thames Travel 508.
  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 1027 has returned from repainted into Bronze 11 livery, and re-entered service along with 1006 today. 1015/6 have received Thames Valley Park branding on their light green livery, whilst the branding on 1017-9 has had 'via Silverdale Road' added instead of 'Lower Earley'. The Route 23/24 branding on 827-34 was removed by 9th April and replaced with 'Caversham' branding over night between 14th and 15th. 599 was withdrawn after service on 16th and will depart for its new owner shortly.
  • Reading Transport Wright Solars: New photos of the revised branding on 1016 and 1019 added.


  • News Page: Closure of The Forbury with photos of 831 and 1204
  • Courtney Coaches: New photo of KX11 EES added. Thanks to Gary Baxter for this.
  • Courtney Coaches Fleet List: New is Optare Solo KX11 EES in Basingstoke Centre Shuttle livery. Thanks to Gary Baxter for this.
  • Oxford Bus Company Fleet List: The first E400H arrived on 14th numbered 301 and registered HY11 BRD. Thanks to Malcolm Crowe for this. 302-3 are HB/HC11 OXF. Thanks to Ian Singleton for this. 306/7 are HF/HG11 OXF. Thanks to Gregg Collins for this. Brookesbus liveried 103/4/19/20 lost their additional Q-buster branding back in September.
  • Stagecoach in Warwickshire Fleet List: 33354 was sold to GHA Coaches. Thanks to Steve Buckley for this.



  • Mortons Travel: New photo of MT11 DAV added. Thanks to Gerald Nicholls for this.
  • Mortons Travel Fleet List: The second new Bova is MT11 DAV and is named Sylvie. MT11 LOU is named Louise, with WA08 JVY renamed Wendy from Louise. D17 BUS joined the fleet in February and was named Joanne until March when Volvo B9TL / Optare Olympus WX58 YHB arrived from Kinch Coaches. WX58 YHB has been reregistered P111 KGF and named Joanne, with D17 BUS renamed Jacqui from Joanne. Volvo B10M / Alexander PS Type M652 BCD also arrived in February from Stagecoach South and has been named Katie, whilst YJ57 BTE has been sold to Highcliffe Holidays, Dorset, YJ06 LFB to Moseley (dealer) and G637 BPH to DW Coaches, Chesterfield. On short term loan from Moseley (dealer) recently has been FAST Starter Coach AY59 AUT. S269 WTU carries fleet "number" WTU and is plain white.


  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 1001-5 have been sold to Eddie Brown Tours, with 1002 departing on 8th and 1003-5 today. Thanks to Brian Coney for this. 811-7 and 819-34 have been advertised for sale in September and October respectively. These along with 822-4 are assumed to have returned from Weavaway on around 5th.
  • Mortons Travel Fleet List: A recent addition is ex Hong Kong Olympian M129 BNO which has been reregistered D17 BUS. Thanks to Mike Penn for this. One of the two new Bova Futuras is registered MT11 LOU and was on display at the UK Coach Rally. Thanks to Ian Singleton for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: 33651 returned to Oxford from loan to Banbury by 4th. Reserve 33822 returned to service at Oxford by 8th, before being sent to Banbury over the weekend to replace 33655 on loan there. 52211 has returned to Oxford from loan to Warwickshire. 15440 is now confirmed with WiFi logos.
  • Stagecoach in Warwickshire Fleet List: 16458 arrived at Rugby from Chesterfield on 3rd. Thanks to Vurora for this. Rugby 14034 has been withdrawn for disposal, whilst 20214 has gone from reserve at Leamington back into service at Rugby, Stratford 20220 has been withdrawn for disposal and Leamington reserve 20225 has gone back into service at Stratford. 25704 has gone into reserve for repairs and 34123 has transferred back to Rugby from Leamington. 16487, 31328 and 31355 have been sold to Hardwick (dealer) and 20223 and 30147 to Trevor Wigley (awaiting collection).


  • News Page: Jet Black Launched with photos of 1201-6
  • Reading Transport Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s: New page about these Weavaway owned vehicles with photo of 1203
  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 1031 returned to Reading mid-morning today after initially being in service at Newbury. Its presence was to cover for 125 which returned to Newbury from the Reading workshop this morning. Thanks to David Wilder for this. 1027 is away for repaint into Bronze 11 livery, and 501 is thought to have departed for a new owner on 1st.


  • UK Operators: Page updated with Stagecoach's increased size following London re-acquisition, First's reduced size following service reductions, the Veolia Transdev merger and emergence of RATP Dev and some new photos.


  • News Page: British Trolleybus Society Golden Jubilee Tour with photos of preserved 4 and 47.
  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 1028 was on loan to Newbury from 22nd March. Thanks to Michael Bennett for this. 1031 replaced 1028 in Newbury by 28th. Thanks for David Wilder for this. 1006 has been repainted into Bronze 11 livery with 1027 to follow. 1015/6 are expected to receive branding for Thames Valley Park and WiFi from 11 April, whilst the branding on 827-34 will be revised to 'Caversham' to cover routes 22, 23 and 24 from 18 April. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • Reading Transport Optare Solos: 110 and 117 were sold to Chalkwell, Sittingbourne. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • Reading Transport Vehicle Types: Page updated to 155 vehicles (121 Reading, 16 Newbury, 14 Goldline, 4 reserve) from 156 vehicles (123 Reading, 19 Newbury, 14 Goldline) in June 2010.
  • Reading Area Bus Routes: Reading service changes from 18 April added
  • First Berkshire Fleet List: 41336 arrived on 17 March, whilst Slough 68531 transferred to London the same day. Thanks to Mat Wooll for this. Following the arrival of 41336, similar 41257 is to depart shortly. Thanks to Brian Coney for this. 65621 has a new MegaPanel for Subway. Thanks to Ricky Barnes for this. 20201 has been back on loan since at least 19th March.
  • Weavaway Travel: New photo of SN11 BTF & SN11 BRX added
  • Weavaway Travel Fleet List: A total of nine Alexander Dennis Enviro 400s are expected, rather than 8 as previously announced. The first six will be branded 'Jet Black' for route 1, whilst the remaining three will have Weavaway's own branding for use on the 1 or Weavaway's other services. All will have Reading Transport fleet numbers (1201-9) for the real time information system on the 1, and will enter service on 5th following a launch on 4th. 1201/2 were delivered to Reading Buses depot for the fitting of ticket machines, real time equipment, WiFi and route branding on 16th March, 1203/4 on 17th, 1205 on 18th and 1206-9 the following week. Thanks to Brian Coney for this. Two of the generic vehicles SN11 BRX/TF entered service on football specials today in a plain black livery with Newbury & District Skyrider branding. The batch are registered SN11 BWA-F/MO/RX/TF with 76 seats and feature tables. Two MAN / VanHool Alicron are on order for May and two Optare Solo SRs for June.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: Oxford 33651 went on loan to Banbury again on 28th to provide additional cover whilst 34466-72 are refurbished. Thanks to Martin Townsend for this.

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