[2], The new electric trams started operating in July 1903. [3], The first trolleybus wiring erected was a training loop on Erleigh Road, which opened in early 1936. Reading stop much better than in the city. Since then the premier route concept has been rolled out on most of Reading's urban routes. Toggle navigation Menu Close Reading Buses Live times Service updates Fares & tickets Plan my journey Routes & times News Students Schools About us Show Search Bar; Search Query. At the time the order was placed, this was the largest order for ethanol-fuelled buses in the UK. Edit; History; Flickr This is operated from an out station at the old National Express Sipson Road depot, West Drayton now owned by CCH. Search. [3], The electric tram services were originally operated by 30 four-wheeled double decked cars supplied by Dick, Kerr & Co. Two routes were branded using the same Vitality Route brand that was used by Reading Buses, and provide weekday daytime frequencies of two buses per hour. Reading Buses also operate the services to three Park and Ride sites, to the South and East of the town. The Transport Act 1980 deregulated long distance bus services. It carries a special cow print livery reflecting the fact that the compressed natural gas is, at source, methane derived from cow faeces. All the ethanol-powered buses have since been converted to run on the same bio-diesel mix as the rest of the fleet.[30]. [4], By 1965, most UK trolleybus systems had closed, and the manufacturers of the overhead equipment gave notice that they would cease production. 26 - yellow - Reading Station - Calcot (IKEA) via Southcote, Ford's Farm, Beansheaf. The concept of the contra-flow bus lane was proved successful, and adopted in other places for motor buses. Reading Transport continued to operate the Routemasters under the Reading Mainline brand until they were finally withdrawn in July 2000. Another longer distance route, to Basingstoke, was jointly operated with Stagecoach in Hampshire and branded as The Link. For users with computers running Microsoft operating systems, you can increase the zoom of the site by pressing Ctrl and + at the same time. These are used on the Greenwave routes,[34] Leopard 3/8/9, Tiger 7 and Bronze 11. However, when the route was next tendered, in May 2012, the contract reverted to Thames Travel. Operation of the Green Line services transferred to Reading Buses in December 2017. Please use the Calcot, Sainsbury’s (jet black 1, sky blue 15, yellow 26 and Service 90) bus stop or the bus stop across the road (Service 87) instead. It is an Alexander Dennis Enviro400H diesel-electric hybrid, registration mark SN60 EDK, fleet number 206, named Bob Gray. [20], In March 2019, Reading Buses purchased Courtney Buses as part of their expansion across Berkshire. Goldline Travel had a two-tone green colour scheme, although most services were operated by vehicles in colour schemes specified by the contracting organisation. In January 2018 Reading Buses took over 2 routes (2/5), and won Slough Borough Council tenders for an evening service (4) and a Sunday service (6) from First Berkshire & The Thames Valley. [38] In 2018 a further 17 (706-722) CNG-fuelled double deckers arrived for Purple 17, unlike the previous order for CNG Buses these are fitted with Enviro 400 CITY bodywork. [7], In December 2017, Reading Buses started to serve London again when it took over Green Line Coaches route 702 from Bracknell to the Green Line Coach Station at Victoria via Windsor and Slough from First Berkshire & The Thames Valley. Brenda W. 26 May 2018 | All perfect except the bus was running 35 minutes late due to heavy traffic. [12][13], Since 2004, Reading Buses and Reading Borough Council have made a significant investment in upgrading the quality of Reading's main urban bus routes. Back to services list. [24][25][26], In late 2007, Reading Buses placed an order with Scania for 14 ethanol-fuelled double decker buses to replace the existing fleet of biodiesel-powered vehicles operating premier route 17. 87. Because of the state of the track, the Bath Road tram route was abandoned in 1930, followed by the Erleigh Road route in 1932. By the 1890s the whole fleet had been replaced by double-decked cars operating at a 10-minute frequency. Depot: Reading. Eventually it was decided that the tramways should be abandoned and replaced by trolleybuses, operating over extended routes. [9] The companies have worked together in the past, most noticeably on the Jet Black 1 service which operates between Reading and Newbury. Leopard Name: John Vaughan. Scania K270UB ADL Enviro300SG. [12][13], In December 2017, Reading Buses announced they would be taking over the Greenline 702 from First Berkshire & The Thames Valley, since running the service they have introduced a new service to Heathrow using route number 703, along with the purchase of 5 Optare MetroDecker for route 702. [14][15] In 2014, these too were changed to a colour brand, becoming 'Lime Routes'. 26. Bus deregulation also meant that the local council no longer had any power to regulate the routes and fares of Reading Transport, nor could they prevent other operators from starting competitive services within the borough. 414 - YR13 PMV. In autumn of that year, Reading Buses introduced its first branded Premier Route in the form of the number 17, running between the Three Tuns on Wokingham Road and the Bear Inn at Tilehurst via the town centre and Oxford Road, and the linear descendant of the old main line. 90. Five of the urban routes now operate 24 hours a day, reflecting the level of demand for local buses around the clock: Out of town routes operate at lower frequency, with between one and four buses an hour. Following a contract win from West Berkshire Council, Reading Buses introduced the Kennections brand in Newbury in September 2016. However, a retendering of contracts by Slough Borough Council saw the two tendered routes won back by First. Until August 2011, Reading Transport operated public service buses in the town of Newbury and the surrounding rural area under the "Newbury Buses" brand. See the latest Bengaluru, Karnataka, India RealVue™ weather satellite map, showing a realistic view of Bengaluru, Karnataka, India from space, as taken from weather satellites. Route 26 - Reading Transport took advantage of this new freedom to start a service from Reading through London to Southend. Keeping you safe in 2021 we do all the hard work so you know you can still make your essential journeys with us . Depot: Reading. [27][28][29], In October 2009, it was discovered that instead of the bio-ethanol fuel having been sourced from sugar beet grown in the English county of Norfolk (as had been advertised), it was actually made from wood pulp imported from Sweden. The war also led to a significant maintenance backlog. The last tram ran on the Caversham Road to Whitley route in July 1936, and the last car on the main line ran in May 1939. ... Andy Preston Thursday, November 26, 2020 11:51 am Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:04 pm. This works with all major browsers. This is due to loop cutting work by Reading Borough Council contractors. The North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation, abbreviated as, NEKRTC, is a state run bus service of Karnataka, India. In May 2008, Goldline won the contract to operate route 142 from Checkendon, Woodcote and Purley to Reading; the route was previously operated by Thames Travel. Back to services list. In 2015, Loddon Bridge Park & Ride route 500 ceased and the site was closed, having been superseded by Winnersh Triangle Park & Ride, following the completion of the new site by Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils. These colours are used on the buses used on that route, and also on maps and other publicity. In May 1939, the remaining tram routes from Oxford Road to Wokingham Road and London Road were converted to trolleybus operation, with a short extension from Wokingham Road to the Three Tuns, and a much longer extension from the Oxford Road through the centre of Tilehurst to the Bear Inn. The store can be accessed from the sky blue 15 and yellow 26 Reading Buses services. In 1949 the Whitley Street line was extended to Whitley Wood and Northumberland Avenue, and a short branch was built to Reading General station. Labour shortages created problems for the competitor, and Reading Buses acquired Reading Mainline in 1998. All routes have a colour scheme, a concept first introduced in 2004 with the introduction of 'Premier Routes', where each route or group of routes allocated a distinctive colour. 864 - YT59 OZO. [17] A fourth route was later added. Affected routes: 26 . Buses travelling between Heathrow and Reading leave from Heathrow Airport (LHR) Terminals 1-3 or Heathrow Airport (LHR) T5 and arrive at Mereoak P&R, Bath Road, … Buses (701-705) used on the Royal Blue 33 route, are the first CNG-fuelled double-deckers these feature Enviro 400 MMC bodywork. [23], Reading Buses has a history of experimenting with biofuels, including biodiesel and alcohol fuel. Tweaks to timetables from Monday 11 January . These routes were previously run by Newbury & District, the bus service trading name for Weavaway Travel, who in turn took them over from Reading Buses' now-defunct Newbury Buses brand. In order to zoom this site to make text more easily readable, please use the zoom features of your browser. Reading Buses. Apologies for the cancellation. A bus service operated by Reading Buses. The company was authorised to construct and operate a horse tram route on an east–west alignment from Oxford Road through Broad Street in the town centre to Cemetery Junction. The UK's first contra-flow bus lane was instigated along Kings Road, when that road was made one-way in the early 1960s. 536 - WA04 CPZ. Dennis Trident Alexander ALX400. The service was numbered X1 and was run jointly with Southend Transport. 3 - leopard - Reading - Wokingham via Royal Berkshire Hospital, Shinfield, Arborfield, California, Barkham, Wokingham Hospital. In 1991 Reading Transport was rebranded Reading Buses. 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