A further 14 vehicles arrived in 2014, which work the Lime 2, Leopard 3/8/9 and Pink 22/25. Reading Buses also operate the services to three Park and Ride sites, to the South and East of the town. [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. [23], Reading Buses has a history of experimenting with biofuels, including biodiesel and alcohol fuel. Urban town area routes provide a weekday daytime frequency of between 2 and 8 buses per hour, depending on the route. Reading Station to Calcot: Calcot to Reading Station: Blagrave Street: Swanholm Gardens: Calcot Sainsbury's: Frilsham Road: Minster Street: Kennet Valley School: Mayfield Avenue: Coronation Square: Castle Street: Churchward Walk: Torcross Grove: Circuit Lane: Russell Street: Albury Gardens: Beansheaf Stores 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. Edit; History; Flickr [31][32][33] the other 17 have different positions within the company, first was fire victim (203) after the fire the bus was scrapped, then (205) had a drivetrain replacement with a magtec hybrid system leaving the rest which was now redundant Purple 17s, they have since had a full refurbishment and have also been converted to diesel coupled with a ZF gearbox and now serve routes Sky Blue 15/16 & Berry 23/24. Reading Station EK 4.32 4.44 4.56 6.26 6.34 7.34 7.41 7.52 8.22 8.47 9.17 9.44 then every 12 mins at then every 10 mins until until then every 10 mins until these buses finish at Station Road stop SD, not Reading Station school days only for buses for Theale Green and Little Heath School see below A ride on a Reaing Bus Route 26 heading towards Calcot, filmed during the afternoon of Tuesday 8 January 2019. To report any problem you will be taken to the Reading Borough Council corporate contacts system. The Reading to Heathrow service are branded as RailAir, and routes 701 and 702 as Green Line. Most longer distance and interurban services now have animal related branding, with the lion to Bracknell, the leopard to Wokingham, and the tiger to Fleet. On learning this, Reading Borough councillors launched an investigation into how they and the Reading Transport Board could have been deceived. The cars operated from a depot on the south side of the Oxford Road, immediately to the east of Reading West railway station. These were rebranded as Vitality Routes, using specially branded green and silver or red and silver buses. The origins of Reading Transport can be traced back to the 19th century, when the privately owned Reading Tramways Company (part of the Imperial Tramways Company) was formed. Bus Stops for Route Route 26. click on bus stop below for live info. Reading Officers are managing traffic while dealing with the incident. 902. In 1949 the Whitley Street line was extended to Whitley Wood and Northumberland Avenue, and a short branch was built to Reading General station. The extensions were completed by December 1902, and the last horse cars ran in July of the following year. Reading Buses. 90. 90. [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. You can reduce the zoom by pressing cmd (apple) and -. Unlike services run by Reading Buses, Goldline gave change on their routes. [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. Additional Enviro400s owned by Weavaway in an all-over black livery are also able to be used on the route. The westbound (towards Newbury) Mayfield Avenue bus stop will be out of use from Monday 23 November until Friday 4 December 2020. 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 buses started work on 26 May 2008. 926. A fleet of six single-decked cars were initially used, with 31 horses, providing a 20-minute frequency. The lime brand is still retained on the service to Mortimer. Reading Buses had 31 hybrid (diesel-battery-electric) buses, but now only has 14 serving routes Lion 4/X4 and Yellow 26 routes. The service was numbered X1 and was run jointly with Southend Transport. Add to ... 15th - 19th Jan. Find out more about cookies. 15:12 route 26 from Reading to Calcot + 15:52 from Calcot to Reading not operating due to a breakdown. In order to zoom this site to make text more easily readable, please use the zoom features of your browser. [5] In 1982 the X1 was shortened to run from Reading to Aldgate in East London, under the Goldline brand, and joint operation ceased. Reading Buses is a bus operator serving the towns of Reading, Bracknell, Newbury, Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Fleet, Didcot, Henley-on-Thames and the surrounding areas in the counties of Berkshire, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire, England, as well as parts of Greater London. [14] You can reduce the zoom by pressing Ctrl and -. Bus operators. Go back. Because of the state of the track, the Bath Road tram route was abandoned in 1930, followed by the Erleigh Road route in 1932. 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. Affected routes: 26 . [35][36] 536 - WA04 CPZ. reading-buses.co.uk uses cookies to make the site simpler. Reading Buses used the Goldline Travel name for its non-public-service bus operations, including services operated under contract for various local employers. Scania K270UB ADL Enviro300SG. The trams operated from a new depot in Mill Lane, a site that was to remain Reading Transport's main depot until it was demolished to make way for The Oracle shopping mall in 1998. Following a contract win from West Berkshire Council, Reading Buses introduced the Kennections brand in Newbury in September 2016. no buses Thu 26 Dec | Boxing Day: special service : between 9am-6pm see : below: Fri 27 | Sat 28 Saturday service Sun 29 Dec : Sunday service Mon 30 Dec | Tue 31 Dec : New Year’s Eve: ... normal service: on Christmas Eve IKEA is closed: so: yellow 26: Sainsbury’s: route last bus from Reading last bus into Reading: 8.20pm with additional buses at 9.20, 10.20 & 11.20pm buses do not run to or from IKEA … Another longer distance route, to Basingstoke, was jointly operated with Stagecoach in Hampshire and branded as The Link. 26. Emerald 5/6, purple 17, claret 21 and yellow 26 will all have extra buses until around 11pm. The operating company is officially known as Reading Transport Limited, and is owned by Reading Borough Council. Plan your journey and get your tickets on the go with the Reading Buses app. As of December 2018, the fleet consists of 192 buses. Depot: Reading. This was intended as the first in a series of such routes, each providing a weekday daytime frequency of between 3 and 8 buses per hour. Former Ram and ex-Forest pupil Johnny Williams makes international debut for Wales. Our buses will be running to their normal Monday to ... Friday timetables today (Christmas Eve), but with an early finish around 7/8pm. Brenda W. 26 May 2018 | All perfect except the bus was running 35 minutes late due to heavy traffic. [3], In 1919, Reading Corporation started operating its first motor buses. reading-buses.co.uk uses cookies to make the site simpler. Leopard Name: John Vaughan. When Reading withdrew from all commercial and tendered work in the Newbury area, the majority of work passed to Newbury & District. IKEA is advising customers to travel to the store by bus. Reading Corporation decided to abandon the trolleybus system, and the routes were phased out between January 1967 and November 1968.[4]. This was mainly for the benefit of visitors who are more likely to use routes such as park-and-ride. [18] The Thames Valley Buses name, historically associated with Thames Valley Traction, was used for the new services. DescriptionReading Buses 206 on Route 26, Reading Station (15855508761).jpg English:A Reading Transport bus on route 26 near Reading railway station. 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. Labour shortages created problems for the competitor, and Reading Buses acquired Reading Mainline in 1998. Additionally, BeeLine had operated a Reading to London service under the LondonLink name, and that was merged into the Goldline service and the resulting service renamed London Line. 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. Back to services list. Coordination of resources involves the use of various industry-specific solutions, and every single mile of operations needs to be recorded and reported to the Traffic Commissioner for auditing. Reading Buses is a bus operator serving the towns of Reading, Bracknell, Newbury, Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Fleet, Didcot, Henley-on-Thames and the surrounding areas in the counties of Berkshire, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire, England, as well as parts of Greater London. [4], During World War II a trolleybus branch was constructed from the Oxford Road to Kentwood Hill, enabling trolleybuses to replace motor buses with a consequential saving in precious oil-based fuel. At the same time the trolleybuses were criticised in the local press because they cost more to operate than motor buses and were inflexible, even though the trolleybuses were profitable (Reading's motor buses made a loss), faster and less polluting. Search. 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, … This route formed the core of what became known as the main line of the tram and trolleybus network. 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. The extended main line, from the Three Tuns to the Bear, still exists today as bus route 17, the town's busiest and most frequent route, and the first to be designated a premier route. Buses will divert via Coley Avenue and Berkeley Avenue and vice versa. In April 2009, a similar concept was introduced to some of Reading Buses' longer distance rural routes. These are used on the Greenwave routes,[34] Leopard 3/8/9, Tiger 7 and Bronze 11. This is due to loop cutting work by Reading Borough Council contractors. 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. [9], In December 2017, it was announced that Reading Buses was to take on three services withdrawn by First Berkshire & The Thames Valley in the Slough area. [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. A lovely extravaganza of Reading buses, filmed during the late morning of Friday 26 April 2019. Extensions were constructed to the Wokingham Road and London Road (both from Cemetery Junction), and new routes added to Whitley, Caversham Road, Erleigh Road and Bath Road. For users with computers running Apple operating systems, you can increase the zoom of the site by pressing cmd (apple) and + at the same time. 26 - yellow - Reading Station - Calcot (IKEA) via Southcote, Ford's Farm, Beansheaf. 3 - leopard - Reading - Wokingham via Royal Berkshire Hospital, Shinfield, Arborfield, California, Barkham, Wokingham Hospital. We apologise for any inconvenience. [8], In September 2018, Reading Buses purchased Newbury & District from Weavaway. The concept of the contra-flow bus lane was proved successful, and adopted in other places for motor buses. These operate out as far as Newbury, Wokingham, Bracknell and Fleet and have animal-related branding:[16]. No further trams were acquired, and a planned extension from the Caversham Road terminus across Caversham Bridge to Caversham itself was abandoned because of the outbreak of World War I. In May 2013, 20 buses powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) were introduced. Branded items for charity We have some new, branded goodies for you, with all profits going to Sport in Mind, our Charity of the Year - check them out here! Although the brands will remain separate for now this may change in the future. The London Line service ceased in 2000. Public service commenced on 18 July 1936,[4] on a route replacing the tram route from Caversham Road to Whitley Street. This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on May 26, 2017 at 2:14 pm ... Reading Buses serves the areas in and around Reading, UK, and has more than 150 buses and 400 drivers. [9] The companies have worked together in the past, most noticeably on the Jet Black 1 service which operates between Reading and Newbury. As a result of the legislation that accompanied the deregulation of local bus services in 1986, the operations of Reading Transport were transferred to Reading Transport Limited, an "arms length" company whose shares were held by Reading Borough Council. 26. Reading Buses ex Stagecoach South West. These ran from Caversham Heights to Tilehurst, running over the tram lines and beyond the tram termini. Reading Station to Calcot, timetables from service operator: Contactless payment accepted Mobile tickets and live bus tracking available on the Reading Buses app. [3], The electric tram services were originally operated by 30 four-wheeled double decked cars supplied by Dick, Kerr & Co. A bus service operated by Reading Buses. Depot: Reading. It carries a special cow print livery reflecting the fact that the compressed natural gas is, at source, methane derived from cow faeces. simply Reading fare zone simply Reading fare zone simply Reading fare zone extends to Abbey RFC simply Re a di n g f a r e z o n e s im p ly R e a d in g f ar e z o n e e zone Little Heath School Denefield School Theale Green School Blessed Hugh Faringdon School Reading College UTC Highdown ... 26 26 33 17 33 17 15 15 15a 16 16 22 X40 142 146 800 X38 127 TVP Shuttle 850 13 19c 19c 19a 19a 19a 19c … Tickets cost £2 and the journey takes 23 min. 05. The company made several proposals to add routes and electrify the system, but none of these were implemented, and in 1899 the borough corporation decided to purchase the system. The store can be accessed from the sky blue 15 and yellow 26 Reading Buses services. Scania N270UD OmniDekka. 864 - YT59 OZO. Until August 2011, Reading Transport operated public service buses in the town of Newbury and the surrounding rural area under the "Newbury Buses" brand. This is due to Utility company work. The war also led to a significant maintenance backlog. 26; 26; Reading Station to Calcot (IKEA) via Southcote, Ford's Farm, Beansheaf. [10][11], In November 2019, the Thames Valley and Courtney Buses brands began to be combined, which will be a gradual process in the next couple of years, with Slough and Windsor being the first areas to change over to Thames Valley, adding two more routes. [6] In 1992 Reading Transport acquired the Reading and Newbury operations of BeeLine, one of the privatised successors to the state-owned Alder Valley. 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. 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