15/07/2018

Potters Bar additions

In the early half of June 2018 Metroline took over two more routes that have been won from Go-Ahead (Northumberland Park) by using 100% recycled fleets. These are the 491 (from 02-June) and the 231 (from 09-June), and are now being run at Potters Bar garage.


Route 231
The 231 was originally won based on VW class but instead has been allocated E400 TEs with a mixture coming from service reductions at Holloway and Uxbridge, topped up with a few extra at Potters Bar.

Metroline TE1312 in Enfield, June 2018.
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Metroline TE1308 in Enfield Chase, June 2018.
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Route 491
The 491 has been allocated E200 DE class vehicles, a first at Potters Bar, in theory off the 46 & 274 following the theoretical conversions to electric and double deck respectively. In practice however the electrification of the 46 and decking of the 274 have been delayed due to TfL complications.
A number of DEs from King's Cross off the 274 service reduction (for deckers) have gone up to Potters Bar for the 491, but this has had to be topped up with shorter DEMs from Alperton, also made spare by service reductions there.

Metroline DE1332 at Silver Street, June 2018.
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Metroline DE1332 in Edmonton, June 2018.
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13/07/2018

All change in Hampstead, but nothing new

On Saturday 9th June, Routes 268, H2, H3 & 631 returned back to Metroline having spent over a decade based out at Arriva London's Garston in Hertfordshire, having been won by Arriva the Shires in 2006.


Route 268
Arriva ran Wrightbus Cadets over the route for most of its life however these were joined by E200 ENLs and Pointer darts PDLs in later years. Occasional rare workings of the Arriva OSs have been seen.

Arriva Cadet DWL89 at Swiss Cottage, February 2018
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The "new" Metroline service sees existing E200s used from recent frequency cuts off routes 187 and C11, and is being based at Cricklewood garage.

Metroline DEs ready for the 268 prior to the route transferring, May 2018
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Metroline DE1030 outside the Finchley Road O2 Centre, June 2018
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Metroline DE1015 on Route 268, Finchley Road O2 Centre
Metroline DE1015 having climbed the gradient up to the Finchley Road, June 2018.
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Route H2

Arriva London OS71 at Meadway Gate on the H2 in the Hampstead Garden Suburb, June 2018.
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As put in the photo caption, spot the difference! Due to on-going delays in getting the specially built 7.6m Optare Solo SRs, the existing Arriva fleet of Hampstead Solos have been hired in to continue the service. Interestingly the fleet names and numbers still retain those of the previous operator though company legals have been updated to show Metroline Travel. Each of the 5 OSs from Garston have "vehicle on hire to Metroline" cards visible in the front windscreen.

Spot the difference!
OS69 in Golders Green on the H2 whilst on hire to Metroline, July 2018.
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Route H3/ 631
The H3, which is cross-linked with the 631 school route, originally numbered H1, requires 1 vehicle and only runs during Monday to Saturday shopping hours with one early morning journey.

A white Optare Solo SR demonstrator had been hired in from Ellenvale for type training and route learning at Metroline. Originally only on a two week hire, this has seemingly been extensively extended, and due to the on-going mechanical issues with the Arriva loanees, this demonstrator vehicle has been brought back and adapted for TfL service with an assault screen and Oyster reader fitted. As this is only due to be a temporary arrangement, presumably until schools break up, iBus equipment has not been fitted.

This vehicle also carries LED displays in a set up that will be similar to the vehicles on order so this has been a good exercise to test the LED displays ahead of the new vehicles arriving later on.

Ellenvale Optare Solo SR on hire to Metroline at Golders Green on the H3, July 2018.
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And the same vehicle having cross-linked at Golders Green onto the 631 school service, July 2018.
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Desperate Measures
Prior to LED displays being programmed, it used A3 displays drawn up by Tommy, as seen in Golders Green. July 2018.
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03/07/2018

Metroline Egyptians

In 2017 Metroline ordered 66 new vehicles for new contract on the 30, 31/N31 and 274. Towards the end of the year it was announced that the contract with Wrightbus had ended and instead a new Volvo contract was negotiated with MCV, the body in production being the eVoSeti. Examples of which in London can also be found with Go-Ahead and Tower Transit as well as with provincial operators outside of London.


Route 30
On Saturday 23rd June, the 30 passed from Tower Transit control (at Lea Interchange, LI) to Metroline at King's Cross (KC), using 25 brand new B5LH Volvo eVoSetis classed VMH.

VMH2468 at Warren Street heading west towards Marble Arch.
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VMH2479 at Marble Arch.
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VMH2469 at Warren Street heading east towards Hackney Wick.
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Route 274
On the same date as the 30, the 274's new contract also began, a Metroline retention. The award with deckers was the main surprise announcement from the electric single deck tender award last summer, but also suffering a drop in frequency as a result of the increased capacity. In true ironic fashion however, despite having over one year to prepare for decking a single deck route, offending trees in the vicinity of London Zoo that had previously prohibited double decks on the 274, had still been untouched with days before the conversion.

Normal fashion would be that previous workings would continue to be applied until the new deckers were allowed to run in service. However, with the 30 starting at King's Cross on the same day, using space originally part held by the 274 (before the frequency cut), and some former 274 drivers were also now used on the 30. So passengers have instead had to suffer with the same capacity restricting single decks, and a reduced frequency just when summer arrived. So much so that TfL have had to implement a very short term temporary 274 supplement service on the 274 using deckers spare from the 30s weekday allocation to provide extra capacity between Marble Arch and London Zoo at weekends only until the tree situation has been resolved.

VMH2462 working a temporary weekend only supplement service between Marble Arch and London Zoo.
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20/06/2018

Picture Archive Post 72

Arriva Shires 2470 on Route 631, Golders Green, 20/06/2013
Arriva Shires 2470 on Route 631, Golders Green, 20/06/2013
(© Aubrey)

Route 631 started out as Route H1 as a school route for Henrietta Barnett School, in Hampstead Garden Village. Route H1 started on 4th January 1993 as a replacement/supplement to the H2 school journeys. As a minibus route, due to the tight roads around the Hampstead Garden Village area, the route was always required to have small, narrow buses. The route started out with R & I Coaches from North Acton (NA). Through MTL ownership, the route eventually ended up in Metroline's hands. September 2000 saw the route move to Harlesden (HR). June 2003 saw the route move to North Wembley (NW), before settling on Perivale (PV) in September 2004. New Optare Solo Slimlines replaced the MCW Metroriders on the routes from June 2005. Those buses however only lasted 1 year, as Arriva the Shires took over the routes, with new Optare Solo Slimlines, including the example shown (2470). The routes ran from Garston (GR).

Route H1 was renumbered 631 to be in line with other school day only routes on 18th May 2013.

Under the streamlining of the London operations of Arriva, the route passed to Arriva London, and the bus was re-numbered OS71. Metroline took over the route on 9th June 2018, running the routes from Cricklewood (W) using the existing buses temporarily, until new Optare SoloSRs are delivered.

11/06/2018

Going west but not West

Saturday 28th April 2018 saw West London route 31, and associated night route N31 transfer operation from Tower Transit at Westbourne Park (X) to Metroline at West Perivale (PA).

This change of operator was the first for the 31 since privatisation of London Buses, and the change also saw all bar 5 of the VNW class at Tower Transit (formerly of First London) withdrawn. Metroline VW1560-1570 at Uxbridge will be the last surviving examples of First London's once vast fleet of VNWs left in London.

Tower Transit VNW32411 rises above the WCML's South Hampstead tunnel in February 2018
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VNW32385 on the Swiss Cottage gyratory, February 2018
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Tower Transit VNW32424 on Route N31, Notting Hill Gate
VNW32424 at a foggy Notting Hill Gate, March 2018
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The operation of the route by Metroline was originally supposed to be out of Willesden Junction under Metroline West conditions, however continued uncertainty over the future of the Network Rail owned land at Willesden Junction meant that an alternative site for the 31/N31 was needed. Metroline Travel garage West Perivale was the best available site that suited the route perfectly. Garage runs along the A40 Western Avenue, and driver travel to/from White City via Central Line.

Due to the delayed arrival of the new eVoSetis, a number of spare VW class vehicles from Holloway and Willesden were drafted in to run on the route as a temporary measure. When the 105 transfers to RATP London United at the end of June 18, the 105s VWs are expected to become the 31s permanent allocation. The VMHs destined for the 31 will instead be diverted to Holloway to convert the 43 to hybrid prior to the Central London ULEZ roll out from early next year. As the 31 does not enter this zone, the route can operate the VWs, although in time they will also be upgraded to emissions friendly Euro VI standards.

The Metroline takeover of the 31/N31 began in the very early hours of Saturday 28th April with the N31 service.

*NEW OPERATOR* Metroline: VW1407 | LK13BHY || N31: Camden Town - Clapham Junction
VW1407 on the first Metroline N31 in Camden Town, April 2018
The first N31 journey was quite notable, as the driver got lost twice, including at Earl's Court. After a three-point turn, the bus made it to Clapham Junction. A makeshift route pilot ended up being required.
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Metroline VW1400 on Route N31, Clapham Junction
Metroline VW1400 in Clapham Junction, May 2018
An ex-Willesden machine now at Perivale West for the 31/N31, at the second to last stop. Since the first night, all subsequent nights have been as to schedule, with drivers knowing where to go.
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*NEW OPERATOR* Metroline: VW1380 | LK62DPY || 31: Camden Town - White City Bus Station
Metroline VW1380 in Notting Hill Gate, April 2018
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Metroline VW1388 on Kilburn High Road, May 2018
This is one of the VWs transferred in for the route. Some of these will return once the 105s VWs become available.
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VW1178 on Belsize Road in Kilburn, May 2018
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Metroline West VW1277 on Route 207 & Metroline VW1404 on Route 31, Shepherd's Bush Station
VW1277 on Route 207 alongside VW1404 on Route 31 at Shepherd's Bush Station, May 2018
Both routes used to be run by First London until the sale of their operations. Now, both routes are run with native Metroline B9TLs.
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26/05/2018

Micro Delays

Stagecoach London 18489 on Route 474, North Woolwich
18489 tackles the new stretch of route in North Woolwich
(© Aubrey)

On 5th May 2018, Route 474 had its first change of operator through an awarded contract (instead of novation within a group). Prior to 2018, Blue Triangle/Docklands Buses were the only operators to have run the 474. Ordered for the route was Alexander-Dennis Enviro 400H buses. These buses are smart hybrids, which have a battery to help with acceleration, but are just otherwise a diesel bus. However, as they are late, Alexander-Dennis Tridents transferred from Bromley (TB) and existing buses from West Ham were used on the 474.

Stagecoach London 19866 on Route 474, North Woolwich
19866 at the Woolwich Ferry
(© Aubrey)

As the route is run from West Ham, the changeovers are at Canning Town. As there is work ongoing to the 474 stand at Barking Road/Hermit Road, the route is terminating at Canning Town Bus Station.

Stagecoach London 18487 on Route 474, North Woolwich
18487 on Store Road, North Woolwich
(© Aubrey)

In order to reduce the delays caused by queues for the Woolwich Ferry, the route has been diverted towards Manor Park via Store Road and Pier Road, between the stops of St John's Church and North Woolwich Ferry. This was a very minor change to the route which was consulted as part of the Crossrail/Elizabeth Line East London bus route changes, which include rerouting the 474 via Kier Hardie Estate and Custom House in order to serve the Custom House Crossrail/Elizabeth Line station.

Stagecoach London 18493 on Route 474, Manor Park
18493 on stand at Manor Park Station
(© Aubrey)

A ride on the 474 itself proved to be slower than before, due to reliability measures on the route. The route still has some bunching, but is otherwise okay. All buses on the route have full blinds, and at least look presentable. The new blinds for the 474 are yellow on black inserts for the Tridents, and full new blinds for the Enviro 400s. Both 11reg and 12reg buses are used on the route.

Stagecoach London 19745 on Route 474, North Woolwich
19745 approaches North Woolwich
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22/05/2018

Picture Archive Post 71

Docklands Buses SO2 on Route 474, London City Airport
Docklands Buses SO2 on Route 474, London City Airport, 20/04/2013
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Route 474 started as a route replacing the 69 between Silvertown and North Woolwich, as well as provide new links towards across Silvertown. Starting on 1st May 1999, the route was operated initially by Blue Triangle using Dennis Trident/East Lancs Lolyne buses from Rainham Ferry Lane (FL/BE). From 17th December 2005, the route was diverted to London City Airport to replace Route 69 between Canning Town and London City Airport. Also, an extension to Manor Park Station supplemented Route 101 between Cyprus and Manor Park, as well as replace the 101 to North Woolwich (which was diverted to Gallions Reach). This required additional buses, so some Scania N94UD/East Lancs OmniCity buses were ordered (as seen).
Go-Ahead Group took over the then independent Blue Triangle on 29th June 2007, and soon, a multitude of different cascaded buses started to appear on the 474, replacing the Tridents. This included buses from London General/Central and Metrobus. 3rd November 2007 saw a night service introduced to the route, and the route transferring to Docklands Buses in Silvertown (SI).
During 2011, the route was allocated a Volvo B9TL/MCV DD103, but eventually, the allocation from 2011 tended to be the Volvo B9TL/Wright Gemini 2. When River Road (RR) opened on 30th April 2016, the route moved back to Blue Triangle at River Road.

As of 5th May 2018, the route is now with Stagecoach London at West Ham (WH), using existing Enviro 400s and Tridents temporarily, until new hybrid double deckers replace them.

SO2 started out as a Blue Triangle bus, for the 474 extension in late 2005. Once the bus had moved with the 474 to Docklands Buses (SI), the bus was also used on the 425 and 541. It led an uneventful life on the Docklands Buses routes until 17th February 2016, when the bus was withdrawn. It was later sold to Midland Classic for use on their routes in Burton-upon-Trent, where it is today as their 56.

As some of you have may noticed, we have not been very active over the past two months. This is mainly because we have very busy lives, especially as I'm doing my final year project at university. We have been unavailable to cover and do posts, so we thoroughly apologise. Things will be getting back to normal as soon as possible.
Thank you all.

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21/05/2018

Crossrail[ing] it to the West side

The May 2018 timetable change saw the second unfurling of the TfL Rail network, prior to the full unveiling of the Crossrail Elizabeth Line service (and brand) in 2019.


On Sunday 20th May, the former GWR Heathrow Connect services between Paddington and Heathrow T4 transferred over to TfL. This service has retained the existing class 360s for the time being on the T4 services due to current incompatibilities between the BAA Heathrow signalling and the new Class 345s. Going forward, these services will also be run by the new Class 345s to T4, (and then T5 from 2019).

TfL 360203 at Paddington
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The former Heathrow Connect 360s showing their temporary TfL Rail branding from day one; better than some TOCs ...
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New TfL Rail line diagrams graced the 360s from day one
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TfL Rail 360203 stands at Heathrow T4
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Monday 21st May saw the introduction of the Class 345s into passenger service on the Great Western side, running between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington, as the Hayes short workings are not timetabled to operate on Sundays. These workings used to be operated by 8-car GWR Class 387 Electrostars.

TfL Rail 345014 arrives at Hayes & Harlington
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TfL Rail 345014 and GWR 387150 at Hayes & Harlington
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TfL Rail train to Paddington
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Interior of the Old Oak Common based TfL 345s in use on the GWML
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TfL Rail 345014 at Paddington
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TfL Rail 345017 at Acton Main Line
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20/03/2018

Picture Archive Post 69

Last Coventry BendiBus
The last Coventry BendiBus, for the last time. (20/03/2018)
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

On the 20th March 2018, Coventry saw its last articulated bus, as 6021 rolled into Coventry Garage at about 6:30pm after doing a run on Route 4.

Articulated buses started out in May 2003, with these Citaros running then route 27 between Coventry Station and Walsgrave, University Hospital. Older Mercedes-Benz O405GN transferred from Travel West Midlands also ran on the 21 from 2004. Those buses had ran on the 67 in Birmingham from 1999, and were replaced by Scania N94UAs. In 2011, the older bendy buses were replaced with Enviro 400s on Route 21, leaving the Citaros to continue running on the 27. In 2012, the 27 was rerouted at Coventry City Centre to run to Arena Park, and renumbered 4.

Bendy at Night
NX Coventry 6018 on Route 4, Pool Meadow, 30/10/2015
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

The buses soon gained National Express Coventry names and continued on the branded Route 4 until 2018, when the last "bendibus" ran on the 4. Replacement of these buses are existing double deckers from within the National Express West Midlands umbrella, most of which are ironically older than the Citaros.

Round A Bend
NX Coventry 6018 on Route 4, Pool Meadow, 02/09/2015
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

6021 itself started out as a Travel West Midlands bus, operating on the 67. However, it moved along with the O405GN2s to Coventry in 2004 where it ran mainly on the 21, then the 27/4. It will be sold for scrap.

NX Coventry 6021, Coventry Pool Meadow
6021 entering Coventry Garage for the last time.
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

Last Coventry BendiBus
A load of transport enthusiasts film/take photos of 6021 as it enters the bus garage.
(© Aubrey Morandarte)

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26/02/2018

Ch, ch, ch, changes ... in Reading, Caversham & beyond

The past couple of months have been a busy period for Reading Buses. As well as a number of fleet and service changes to their existing Reading & Caversham town services, their operations have expanded to covering the Greenline 702 Bracknell to London service, and Routes 2 & 5 in Slough under the Thames Valley brand. Reading have taken on the 702, followed by the 2 & 5, with evening buses on Route 4, and Sunday buses on Route 6 after First Berkshire ceased their operation of those routes.

Back in Reading & Caversham, Route 17 has seen a recent makeover with brand new state-of-the-art gas buses which has sent a cascade of slightly older vehicles to other routes which has in turn seen the withdrawal of old buses.
As a result of the Caversham Consultation at the end of 2017, Reading are also modifying their Pink route network with changes affecting the 23, 24, 27 & 29. There are also some changes to the NINEteens which sees the 9 split from the 19, with the latter being combined with the 22 and numbered 22.

Reading have recently announced that they will be taking over the operation of Stagecoach's Route 7 between Fleet and Reading.



Greenline 702

In late 2017 First Berkshire announced that they would cease running their Greenline Express 702, that runs between London Victoria and Bracknell via Slough, Windsor and LEGOLAND. Following this announcement, Reading Buses agreed that they would take over the running of the route, initially following First's timetable and with a mixture of fleet vehicles. That said E400 1208 (GO11LDN) has been specially branded up for the Greenline express launch (see below).
Reading are still trialling a variety of vehicles on the route before placing an order for their preferred bus.

Greenline 1208 in London Victoria
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Grey Greenline 758 in Bracknell
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Scania deomstrator 778 in Slough
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Sky Blue 15 & 16

The 15, 15a and 16 are in the process of receiving the purple E400s displaced off the 17. These E400s are being converted from hybrid to diesel upon refurbishment, a process that is also seeing the E400s turn blue, to match the "Skyblue" livery of the 15/a and 16.
These E400s are replacing the blue Olympus's, as well as the Caversham Pink Scania Omnicities.

At time of publishing, only 208, 225 & 229 have been refurbished.

Skyblue 208 in Central Reading
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Purple 17

Brand new CNG powered Scania E400 City buses have recently appeared on Purple Route 17. These are the first buses in Reading to operate with rear exit doors, a new feature that is well needed on such a busy route, and one that I personally hope will be adopted on any new vehicles the Claret 21 & 21a University routes get, if not across more of the Reading Buses network.
These state-of-the-art purple buses on the 17, of which there are 17 in total, have replaced the 2011 built electric hybrid E400s that were previously allocated. These vehicles are undergoing a refurbishment process and painted in the Sky Blue livery for Routes 15/a & 16, as well as the new Berry livery for Routes 23 & 24.

Purple 715 in Central Reading
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Purple 713 by Forbury Gardens in Reading
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Thames Valley Ventures

In late January 2018, Reading Buses took over the operation of some First Berkshire routes in Slough; Route 2, which runs between Dedworth, Windosr and Slough, and Route 5, Cippenham to Slough. In addition to this, Reading also took over the running of the evening journeys on Route 4, and the Sunday operation of Route 6. This group of routes has fallen under the delightful Thames Valley branding and grouping.

Thames Valley Scania OmniCity 4 on Route 2 in Slough
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Thames Valley Solo SR 198 on Route 5 in Slough
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February 17th Changes

The NINE(teens), [Red] Nineteen and Pink 22

Route 9 has been branded into generic grey and been unlinked from the NINEteens group. The routing for the 9 has also being revised such that it can provide a better link between Whitley Wood and the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH). The route reverts back to using Shinfield Road from Whiteknights Road.

Route 19 has being combined with the 22 and turned Red! Buses run between Chalfont Way ASDA in Lower Earley to Caversham Heights, as per the old 22 did, providing direct links between Caversham and RBH. This route has also been numbered 22, and will be allocated red streetlites. On Sundays, services only run between Central Reading and Caversham Heights.


Grey 654 in Central Reading
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NINEteens White 131 by Forbury Gardens in Reading
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Pink 431 on Friar Street in Reading
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Red 22 Streetlite 167 in Central Reading
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Streetlite 167 was one of the batch that was delivered orange for the Earley 19s back in 2014. Now it has been painted into Red for the Red22 branding.
With this, the new 22 service is also using the former Scarlet9 E300s.


Red 22 E300 414 in Reading
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Pink 23 & 24

Pink routes 23 & 24 have been combined providing a two-way circular service improving links within Caversham, and between Caversham and Central Reading.
Route 23 runs via Reading Bridge and out through Queensway, returning via Hemdean Road and across Caversham Bridge. Route 24 runs via Caversham Bridge and out along Hemdean Road, returning via Caversham Park and across Reading Bridge.
Both routes serve the north side of Reading Station before continuing on a anti-clockwise loop through Central Reading via Friar Street and Blagrave Street.

The Caversham Pink Omnicities are gradually being replaced in the fleet with refurbished ex. Purple 17 E400s and spare E200 & E300s. A number of the displaced Omnicities are ending up at Midlands-based operator midlandclassic, 1102 is already in service with the operator, still carrying its Caversham Pink livery!

At time of publishing E400s 219 and 220 have been painted into the new Berry livery for the 23 & 24.

Pink 1104 on Friar Street in Reading
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Berry 220 in Reading
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Berry 219 in Reading
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Pink 27 & 29

These routes became circular providing more direct journeys between Reading, Caversham Centre and Lower Caversham - with route 27 operating anti-clockwise and route 29 clockwise.

Pink 163 on Friar Street in Reading
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STOP PRESS
Route 7

It has been announced that from April 2018, Reading Buses will take over the running of Stagecoach Route 7 from Reading to Fleet. Stagecoach would continue to operate from Fleet to Aldershot. With the takeover, two buses from Stagecoach would transfer to Reading Buses, and at the moment these are believed to be two ALX400 bodies Tridents, like TA18064 below.


Stagecoach TA18064 in Central Reading
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