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July 2013

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29-07-13:

  • News Page: Catching up with the Summer with photos of Reading 231 from Richard Mallet, First Berkshire 64012 from Gary Baxter and Courtney YJ13 HJY from Charlie Gould.
  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 14 further Scania / Enviro 300SGs have now been ordered using the funding from the Green Bus Fund. They will be delivered in early 2014. In addition, four Enviro 200s have been ordered for Vodafone services V8-11 for delivery in September.
  • Reading Transport Fleet List: The new Enviro 200s will replace 8-11. 1021 returned from loan to The Green Bus, Birmingham on approx 20th July. Prior to its sale 1026 was withdrawn following the entry into service of 420, this being the last bus to wear the original grey generic livery. 802 and 861 lost their ColourBus liveries for Vodafone on 21st. Thanks to Brian Coney for this. 819 had returned from repaint by 17th. Thanks to James Cusworth for this.
  • Carousel Buses Fleet List: Trident 101 has transferred from Oxford Bus Company, but is currently on loan to Thames Travel in unbranded Oxford red livery. Thanks to Ralph Adams for this.
  • First Berkshire Fleet List: 64015 has transferred from Slough to Bracknell. 64017 has returned from accident repairs and is now away for repaint into Beeline livery. The first Scania withdrawals were 60164 and 65623, whilst Scania / Irizar 23010 was withdrawn on 15th following the recent arrival of the two new Volvos and two weeks on loan to First Hampshire & Dorset for rail replacement work. 39735 wears First London livery, not London Transport. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • Thames Travel Fleet List: The anticipated second hand Optare Solo 722 is ex Heyfordian YJ59 NNH, which was in service by 17th. Thanks to James Cusworth for this. 120 was on loan from Oxford Bus company on 16th. Thanks to Bob Stanger for this.
  • Oxford Bus Company Fleet List: 223 & 863-70 have also gained Heartbeat branding. Brookesbus Tridents 103, 104, 113, 116 and 119 have gone on loan to Go South Coast / Wilts & Dorset for the summer.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List:47832 entered service on the 11th, 47833/4 on the 12th and 47831 on the 13th. 53701-5 have been transferred to Stagecoach East Kent, the contract to run the 737 having been returned to National Express earlier in the month. 22933/4 have gone into reserve following the return of 22768-70 from Banbury. Vauxhall Corsas 91584-9 replaced Ford Fiestas 92973-7 in May.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: 47452 transferred to Witney, whilst 47454 only went to Oxford for MoT work prior to also transferring to Witney. Thanks to Ralph Adams for this. 33821 was withdrawn for disposal on 17th, with 33651 transferring from Oxford as a replacement on 20th. 36767 is also on loan to Banbury from Oxford to cover for delays due to roadworks. On 25th July 36448-50 had their route 500 branding updated to every 30 minutes instead of every 20, whilst 36451 lost its branding. Thanks to Martin Townsend for this.

15-07-13:

  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 1024-6 & 1034-7 have been sold to Rossendale Transport. 1031 was withdrawn at around the same time as 1032-7.
  • Courtney Buses Fleet List: YJ09 OTV has been repainted into lemon & lime livery from The Heights livery. Thanks to Glenn De Sousa for this.
  • Fleet Buzz Fleet List: 40907 has been returned to service from reserve. 33067 is also in use from Basingstoke, whilst 16262 spent a few days on loan. Thanks to Paul Blackman for this.
  • Stewarts Coaches: Page updated to reflect the removal of 'of Mortimer' from the company name, and relocation to a new base in Woodley.
  • Stewarts Coaches Fleet List: The Irizar i6 on order has arrived registered YN13 BXH and named Norman.  Four Mercedes-Benz / Unvi Riadas are on order. Thanks to Glenn De Sousa for this.
  • Weavaway Travel Fleet List: A Plaxton Cheetah arrived in June as planned registered YN13 AWY. Meanwhile SF13 FPC has received Tappins lettering. Thanks to Glenn De Sousa for this.
  • Oxford Bus Company Fleet List: 224-31 have been branded 'connecting you in a heartbeat' for route X13 in place of their Elasticity / Simplicity / Vivacity / Capacity / Centricity branding. Thanks to Graham Low for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: 47831 arrived in Banbury on 6th, 47832 on 8th, 47833 on 9th and 47834 on 10th. Banbury 22770 and loaned 33651 transferred to Oxford on 10th, followed by 22768/9 on 12th. 34469 transferred back from Witney to Banbury on 12th, one of 47452/4 left Banbury for Witney and one for Oxford. Thanks to Martin Townsend for this.
  • Stagecoach in Warwickshire Fleet List: 47075 has lost it's Network Nuneaton branding. Thanks to Keith Wood for this.

06-07-13:

  • News Page: Closure of Station Road with photos of 153, 209, 222, 414, 844 and 1102
  • News Page: BTS Annual Tour with photos of Reading 69 and Alder Valley 127
  • Reading Transport Fleet List: 420 was in service by 4th July. Thanks to Graham Low for this. Additional Vodafone work from mid-August will see 10 & 11 reinstated to Newbury in their white livery. 1006/27 went into reserve on 15th June. 1020/2/3 were sold to Sanders, Holt in June, with a batch expected to go to Rossendale shortly. Thanks to Brian Coney for this.
  • Reading Transport Alexander Dennis Enviro 300SGs: New photo of 420 added. Thanks to Graham Low for this.
  • Reading Transport Scania OmniDekkas: New photo of former 820 with Bluestar added. Thanks to David Smith for this. 801 has been fully repainted in the same layout as before but with new style Reading Buses logos. It returned from Eastleigh on 1st in exchange for 819 which is now being repainted, 801 returning to service on 2nd. 801 retains it's original trim.
  • Courtney Buses Fleet List: YJ13 HKW has received Maidenhead Office Park livery. Thanks to Glenn De Sousa for this.
  • First Berkshire Fleet List: 64020 returned to Bracknell by 25th June. 64015/9 had returned from repaint into Beeline livery on 24th June, with 64018 following. Thanks to Stephen Le-Bras for this. 64019 was in service in Bracknell by 27th. Thanks to Ricky Barnes for this. Small Private Hire & Training sections have been created following Firstís exit from London. New additions are AEC Routemasters 39735 (RML2735) & 39810 (RMC1510) and Dart 41403. 64013/4 have now transferred to Bracknell. 32900/1/3 transferred to First London in June. Thanks to Brian Coney for this. A third vehicle with the new MegaRear for East Berkshire College is 42342 replacing it's rear for Queensmere/Observatory, with 64018 having returned from repaint by 6th July. Thanks to David Fuller for this.
  • Fleet Buzz Fleet List: A further Volvo Olympian in use from Stagecoach by 27th was 16269. Thanks to David Gray for this. 33063 from Basingstoke was in use by 3rd, still with Jazz 2 branding. Thanks to Paul Blackman for this.
  • Reading & Wokingham Coaches Fleet List: Two second hand Bova Futuras have been acquired, one being TLZ 9426 from Proctor, Stoke on Trent the other being in reserve. Neoplan XIL 7396 has been sold, with the existing Bova Y58 THS now carrying this registration.
  • Thames Travel Fleet List: T1 was back in service on 25th, but it remains unclear whether it returned from Optare again or never left. Thanks to Ralph Adams for this.
  • Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Fleet List: 33651 went on loan from Oxford to Banbury on 1st. Thanks to Martin Townsend for this. The four new Optare Solo SRs for Banbury are OU13 DZD-G. All arrived on approx 1st and are being prepared for service.
  • Stagecoach in Warwickshire Fleet List: Leamington 16516 and 16617 have gone into reserve and 17054 has transferred to Northampton. Leamington reserve 33459 has been withdrawn. Open top 16555 has been returned from Ensignbus (dealer) unsold.

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