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Bus Fare

Recent Bus Fare Editions

For a modest extra cost BTS members can receive Bus Fare in addition to Trolleybus Magazine, which contains news and articles on road passenger transport from the Thames and Kennet areas.

Subscribed members of the British Trolleybus Society can download the latest copy by logging in to your member area.

September 2017

In September's Bus Fare, there is news of new colour-coded route branding for Slough, and of some new vehicles serving High Wycombe. Also, we have coverage of the additional services provided for last month's Reading Festival. A bit of nostalgia on the back page, with a photo of buses preparing to leave Reading on an excursion to Bournemouth, back in 1983. 

August 2017

In this month’s edition of Bus Fare, there is news of 3 Double Deck buses being hired from Reading Transport, to provide additional capacity on the service from Windsor to Legoland during the summer holidays. Also, we have the unusual sight of an open-top Double Decker being used on route 17 on some warm days in July. Plus service changes galore!

July 2017

In the July edition of Bus Fare, there is news of Reading Transport's new open-top Dennis Trident, acquired from Lothian Buses. Also, news of a proposal to create a London-style "red route" no stopping restriction along the line of route 17. Add looking back 30 years to 1987, there are photos of the short-lived X60 coach service between Reading and Bristol.

June 2017

In Bus Fare this month, we have news of Reading Transport's launch of the "Jet Set". There is also news of the Staines running day on 21st May, and also of past and present coach routes from Reading to the Irish Republic. And how many coaches took Reading supporters to Wembley for the Play-Off Final?

 

Bus Fare May 2017May 2017

This months issue looks at the whereabouts of former Reading Buses Streetlites 151 to 156, which are now in service elsewhere. Brian Boddy tells of his experience of travelling cross country between Calne and Reading using his bus pass. There is news of competition between Reading Buses and Weavaway Travel for passengers on the Newbury to Thatcham route plus the usual comprehensive round-up of news from operatorsin and around the Kennet and Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare April 2017April 2017

 

A comprehensive roundup of news from around the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is included this month, including details of strike action at Oxford Buses. There is also a report on Courtney Buses new route to Luton Airport.

Bus Fare March 2017March 2017

There is a report on the industrial action taken by Oxford Bus Company drivers, a photspread of Streetdecks on the streets of Oxford, news of a new bus link from Berkshire to Luton Airport plus the usual comprehensive roundup of news ffrom around the Kennet and Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare February 2017February 2017

The Vodaphone fleet at Newbury is being refreshed and there is a report on the first phase.

The world's first modern gas double-deck motorbuses have entered service with Reading Buses. There is a report on their entry into service along with other vehicles that have joined the fleet since the start of 2017.

The usual comprehensive round-up of news on operators in the Kennet and Thames Valley areas is also included.

 

Bus Fare January 2017January 2017

There is a review of the bus services over the festive period in the Reading and Oxford areas.

On 31 December 2016 Mortons Coaches held a 'step entrance bus running day' to mark the last day that step entrance buses could be used on normal bus service work. There is a report on thsi event.

The usual fleet news from around the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included

Bus Fare December 2016December 2016

This months issue gives an update on bus operations in the High Wycome area. There is also a review of the Megadecker bus on trial with Reading Buses, plus the usual comprehensive fleet and service news from around the Kennet & Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare November 2016November 2016

This month includes news on bus developments in Oxford, another London demonstrator visits Reading, Royal blue goes white temporarily plus fleet and service news from around the Kennet & Thames Valley Areas.

Bus Fare October 2016October 2016

This moth we take a look at Woodley's juicy new buses!

The new Newbury Kennections serviceis launched and Kennet Bus also returns.

In Slough, First Berkshire revamped their Berkshire bus network and full details are included.

The usual roundup of transport news from the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus fare September 2016September 2016

Arriva MAX up their Wycombe- Reading routes

Changes galore at Reading Buses

Newbury Buses to be rebranded.

Fleet news from around the Kennet & Thames Valleys

Bus Fare August 2016August 2016

Mortons Travel are introducing a new bus service between Baughurst and Reading from 1st September 2016. Full details in this issue.

Carousel Buses also commenced their new X80 service between High Wycombe and Reading  on 25 July 2016 and again full details are given.

There are details of Reading Buses new summer theme park service which commenced from 23rd July 2016 and operates to Legoland and Thorpe Park.

The usual comprehensive fleet news from the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare July 2016July 2016

Roadworks are disrupting bus services in Reading and full details are given this month.

There is a brief look at services in both Basingstoke and Henley.

The usual full round up of news from around the Kennet & Thames Valley bus operating areas is also included.

 

Bus Fare June 2016June 2016

 

Derek Lucas pays tribute to Royston Clifford Jenkins, a former Transport Manager of Reading Buses,  who sadly passed away in March 2016.

There are details of the Oxfordshire bus changes following the withdrawal of financial support for all bus services by Oxfordsshire County Council.

Photos of the running day held in Statines in May 2016 are featured together with a roundup of news from Operator's in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare May 2016May 2016

In this months edition you can read all about Reading Transport's order for the worlds first gas double deck buses. There is also a review of the latest double deck buses entering service in the Weavaway fleet. You can read about the competition between Courtney and First for the service to Legoland. Details are given on West Berkshire Council's decision to reduce bus subsidies and the effect it will have on services plus there is the usual roundup of news from Operators in the Kennet and Thames Valley areas

Bus Fare April 2016April 2016

This month there is news about Oxfordshire County Council withdrawing all financial support for bus services, details of a new sightseeing tour in Oxford, a look at Oxfords current fleet plus the full roundup of news from the Kennet and Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare March 2016March 2016

Reading Buses was the first operator to test the new Optare Metrodecker and details are included.

There is a fleet list for Arriva the Shires High Wycombe.

The Handy Cross Coachway and Park & Ride (located by junction 4 of the M40) was opened on Monday 1 February 2016 and a photographic feature is included.

There is the usual comprehensive round up of news from the Kennet & Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare February 2016February 2016

Oxford considers a Zero Emission Zone from 2020 and details of this are recorded.

There is a report on the additional Streetlight buses now operating in High Wycombe.

An update is given on buses now operating in the Bracknell area as well as a comprehensive round up of news from the Kennet & Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare January 2016January 2016

There is a report on the Newbury Running Day held on 1 January 2016 featuring preserved vehicles.

There are details of the various operators amended services for the 2015 festive season as well as a record of all the rail replacement vehicles over the same period.

The usual comprehensive round up of news from operators in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included

Bus Fare December 2015

December 2015

Reading Buses School fleet takes shape with the Silver Stars branding. Details included in this issue.

There is a report on Reading Buses success in being awarded UK Bus Operator Of The Year for 2015.

There is an update on bus operations in the Slough area.

The usual comprehensive round up of news of operators in the Kennet & Thames Valley is also included.

 

Bus Fare November 2015November 2015

There is a review of the Reading Buses tender specification for 40 new buses to be delivered between 2016 and 2018.

New buses recently entered service in High Wycombe and there is a report on these.

The usual comprehensive round up of news from the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

 

 

Bus Fare October 2015October 2015

 

Reading Buses Claret Splitzer, something unusual is bubbling!

A Heritage Running Day held in Oxford on 12 September 2015 and there is a report on this event.

There is news of Thames Travel's new Connector brand of routes in the Didcot area

The usual comprehensive roundup of news from bus operators around the Thames & Kennet Valley areas is also included.

 

Bus Fare September 2015September 2015

This month is a bumper 16 page issue and reports on the very successful Thames Valley 100 event.

Also included is a feature on the new Routemaster which was on loan to Reading Buses for two weeks and which was put into service on Route 17.

Reading Buses new "Lion" service to Bracknell roared into action on 31 August and there is information on this.

The usual comprehensive fleet news from bus operators in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus fare August 2015August 2015

There is news regarding Reading Buses taking over from First Group on the Reading, Wokinham and Bracknell service from Sunday 26 July 2015.

There has also been a reorganisation of the local services in Bracknell following the closure of First's Bracknell depot, operations having being taken over by Courtney Coaches. Full details included.

Also included is the usual comprehensive round up of news from bus operators in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare July 2015July 2015

All change in Bracknell as First Group are ousted from local services in favour of Courtney Coaches whilst Reading Buses take over the Reading Bracknell route. Full details in this issue.

There is news of a Thames Valley 100 event to be held on 2 August 2015

The usual comprehensive round up of news from operators in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

 

 

Bus Fare June 2015June 2015

 

Reading Buses have launched their new Emerald Route with 15 brand new Dennis Enviro 400s. Full details are included.

There is a review of the Oxfordshire bus service changes introduced on 1 June 2015.

The usual comprehensive roundup of news on Operators in the Thames & Kennet Area is also included.

 

Bus fare May 2015May 2015

This month looks into the announcement by Reading Buses that they would attempt to set a world record for the fastest normal service bus!

There is a comprehensive review of Rail replacement bus services that operated in the area over the Easter bank holiday.

News from fleets around the Kennet and Thames Valley is also included.

 

April 2015

Bus Fare April 2015April 2015

In this months issue we look at new arrivals in the Horseman Coach fleet, the case of mistaken identity in the Oxford Bus coach fleet, details of a new National Express route, and news of Oxford Councils consideration of introducing battery electric vehicles for their park and ride services. News from the Kennet & Thames Valleys bus operators is also included.

March 2015

Bus Fare March 2015March 2015

In this months issue we look at the use of Enviro 200s in use with First Berkshire, the re-wrapping of Newburys Vodaphone buses, Reading Buses 'Planet Reading' green initiative, Horseman Coaches bus routes and we also take a look at the new Didcot Rail station interchange. The usual comprehensive news section on bus operations in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare February 2015February 2015

Bus service changes across Hampshire were implemented from 5 January 2015 and there is a report on the effects of those changes.

There is a review of the service provided by Reading Buses when the Reading to Reading West train service was suspended between 27 December 2014 and 3 January 2015 due to engineering works.

The usual comprehensive news on bus operators in the Kennet and Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare January 2015January 2015

A number of service changes were implemented across Hampshire as a result of Hampshire County Council's review of all local bus service contracts due to ongoing budget restraints. A report on those changes are contained in this issue.

There is a report on the Christmas  and New Year Bus Sevices in the Region.

Comprehensive fleet news on operators in the Kennet and Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare December 2014December 2014

This issue looks back at the year 2014 and recalls all the major happening in the various fleets in the Kennet & Thames Valey area.

The usual comprehensive fleet news is also included.

Bus Fare November 2014November 2014

Reading Buses 8 new Enviro 400 buses hit the road and full details of these vehicles are given.

There are photos of First Berkshire Buses special liveries commemorating 100 years sice the outbreak of World War One.

A Truemans Coavhes fleet list is included.

The latest events in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas are also recorded. 

Bus Fare October 2014October 2014

There is a report on the first production batch of  Alexander Enviro 400 buses entering service with Oxford Buses.

Alexander Dennis loaned 3 demonstration vehicles to Reading Buses as new Enviro 400 buses due for delivery had been delayed. A review of these vehicles is included this month.

There is a report on Courtney Buses new 'Coffee & Mint' Optare Versa diesel-electric battery hybrid buses which recently entered service

The usual comprehensive round-up of news from the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included. 

 

Bus Fare September 2014September 2014

First Group route 190 was split into two routes between Bracknell and Wokingham and the details are recorded in this months issue.

There is a report on the special bus services operated for the Reading Rock Festival over the August bank holiday.

Details are included on the revised  Reading Buses timetables introduced from 1 September 2014.

The ususal roundup of bus news from the Kennet & Thames Valley areas are also included.

Bus Fare August 2014

August 2014

Reading Buses operate in Glasgow (For Commonwealth Games)

There is a look at the new buses operating on The Oxford Tube

Details of First Groups increase in frequencies in  Bracknell

There is also the usual comprehensive news round-up of bus operations in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas

Bus Fare July 2014

July 2014

This month we look at the new Leopard route operated by Reading Buses and review the service changes by Reading Buses commencing 7 July 2014. There is a colour photo supplement looking back at Reading Mainline 20 years after operations ceased and there is the usual comprehensice roundup of news from both the Kennet & Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare June 2014

June 2014

There is news of Thames Valley area bus operators launching ADL's new double decker bus.

Reading Buses technology for enhancing the passenger experience is reviewed.

Reading Buses Claret routes will be revised from Monday 7 July. A full review is given.

The cats out of the bag. Find out about the Leopard Buses about to enter service with Reading Buses!

The usual comprehensive round up of news is also included

Bus Fare May 2014

May 2014

Reading Buses In Malta! Following problems with the new network of services introduced in July 2011, a  former Reading bus is now operating there in its Vodaphone red livery complete with Reading leagal lettering. Full details included this month.

There is an update on Arriva bus operations in High Wycombe.

Thames Travel are pulling out of operating bus services in Wokingham and there is a report of what the replacement services will be.

The usual comprehensive round of of bus operations in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare April 2014

April 2014

Reading Buses has launched some new service under the Lime brand name and full details are given as well as news of ta forthcoming reorganisation of the Lower Early routes.

There are details of the High Wycombe bus service changes from 27 April 2014.

Oxford Buses have taken on the operation of a long term rail replacement service  between Oxford and Bicester.

A full comprehensive roundup of news in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare March 2014

March 2014

Reading Buses have recently exchanged their five Steetlite buses for five more of slightly different design. The full story is included in this edition!

There are details of the 14 new gas powered buses currently being delivered to Reading Buses.

Coutrney have recently taken over the Bracknell routes from Thames Travel and there are details of their three new buses.

The usual comprehensive roundup of news in the Thames & Kennet Valleys is also included.

Bus Fare February 2014

February 2014

Details are given on the 14 Alexander Dennis Enviros which have been placed on loan to Oxford Bus by Go South Coast in preparation for the introduction of the Oxford LEZ from 1 January 2014.

There is news of a Gas Enviro 300SG demonstrator which was on loan to Reading Buses in December 2013.

There is a review on Thames Travel ceasing their operations in Bracknell.

Details of the bus service improvments in the Windsor and Maidenhead are summarised.

The usual comprehensive round up of news from bus operators in the Thames & Kennet Valley area is also included.

Bus Fare January 2014

January 2014

Oxford's new 'Interdeck' cxoaches entered service in December 2013 and there is a report on these vehicles.

There is also a review of the Christmas services operated by the various operators in the Greater Reading area.

A full round up of bus news in the Kennet and Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare December 2013

December 2013

Details are given of Thames Travel's service changes which came into effect on 8 December 2013.

Andrew Barton reports on recent rail replacement services in the area.

Local Operators win more awards and a summary of those are given.

There is also a look back at 'Life After Reading Transport' where details are given about buses that went for further service.

The usual comprehensive round up of news in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare November 2013

November 2013

There is news on the Oxford Low Emission Zone to be introduced

Details are given on First Berkshire's new Enviro 200s and also two new routes to be introduced from
23 November 2013.

Reading Buses have taken delivery of 4 Enviro 200s and details are also given on the fares restructuring intorduced in early October.

The National Transport Awards ceremony took place recently and Reading Buses won Bus Operator Of The Year for 2013. There is a report and these awards plus other awards won at the RouteONE Operator Excellence Awards

Bus Fare October 2013

October 2013

Wokingham Borough Council announce a new Park & Ride strategy and details are included in this issue.

There is a brief overview of services operated by Redline Buses in the Aylesbury area.

The Traffic & Infrastructure records the various diversions and problems caused by roadworks around the greater Reading area.

The usual comprehensive fleet news of operators in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare September 2013

September 2013

Reading Borough Council undertook their annual road resurfacing programme during the school summer holidays which caused some disruption to the local bus services. A full report is included.

Full details are given of the special coach services operated by National Express to the Reading Rock Festival as well as a number of other big events in the greater Reading area.

The usual comprehensive round up of news from the Kennet and Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare August 2013

August 2013

Oxford Bus has relaunched buses between Abingdon, Oxford and the John Radcliffe Hospital under the 'Heartbeat' brand name. Full details are given.

Details are also given as arriva launches an Aylesbury to Oxford Sapphire route 280.

Chris Spencer reports on an hour he spent looking at bus services in Henley.

There is a full round up of newas from around the Kennet and Thames Valley areas

Bus Fare July 2013

July 2013

At the end of May 2013 First Group announced it was relaunching the Beeline brand for local buses in Bracknell. A review of the new operation is given.

There is a report on Weavaway Travel who have recentyly updated their Newbury & District fleet.

Details are given of new bus services introduced in the Newbury area by the Go Ride Community Interest Company.

A number of Reading Buses service changes came into effect  on 8 July 2013 and full detials are given.

The usual comprehensive round up of news from around the Kennet & Thames Valley area is also included.

Bus Fare June 2013

June 2013

There is a full report on the introduction of 20 Scania Gas Buses into service with Reading Buses.

Arriva and Carousel have rebranded their bus routes between High Wycombe and Chesham as 'The One' A review of this service is included in this issue.

The usual comprehensice coverage of news from the Kennet & Thames Valley Area is also included

Bus Fare May 2013

May 2013

First Berkshire have recently put some Hybrid single deck buses into service and a report is included in this issue.

There is a report on the rail replacement services provided when there was a blockade between Didcot and Maidenhead due to work being carried out in connection with the new Reading rail station.

Part 2 of the Reading Buses route review is included and there is news of the new Guide Friday services in Oxford.

There is the usual comprehensive round-up of news from the Thames & Kennet Valley areas. 

Bus fare April 2013

April

There is news of a co-ordination of services between High Wycombe and Chesham by operators Carousel and Arriva.

Read the tale of Reading Buses diesel-electic hybrids which had problems in the recent freezing weather.

With Reading Buses planning large service changes from 1 July 2013, the current set up of routes is reveiwed.

The usual comprehensive fleet and operational news from the Kennet and Thames Valley areas is also included 

Bus Fare March 2013

March 2013

There is a report on Oxford's new hybrid buses.

Friar Street in Reading was recently closed due to large cracks appearing in the road surface. Find out the cause  of  the cracks and the diversion of the affected bus services!!

The usual comprehensive fleet news in both the Kennet and Thames Valley areas is included.

Bus Fare February 2013

February 2013

There is a full report on the disruption to services in the Reading area due to a significant snowfall on Friday 16 January 2013.

Details are given of the proposed service changes to Courtney Buses effective from17 February 2013.

There is a report on three ex Reading MCW Metrobuses operating in the South Wales area.

Mac Head reports on the disposal of three former AWRE Aldermaston buses that had seen further service in Malta.

Bus Fare January 2013

January 2013

Reading Buses commenced operation of the combined South Reading contract on 5 November 2012. Full details of the contarct routes are given.

Thames Travel have recently exported 10 MAN/MCV singel deck buses to New Zealand. Pending arrival of replacement buses from Oxford Bus, A number of buses from Carousel have been loaned for which details are given.

There is a full report on the bus services operated by Reading Buses over the festive period.

Bus fare December 2012

November 2012

There is news of Reading Buses winning the Shire Operator Of The Year Award in the recent 2012 UK bus awards.

Details are given of the service changes for First Berkshire from 1 December 2012.

There is a report of some former Horseman Coaches operating in Cyprus.

The usual comprehensice news from around the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare November 2012

November 2012

A full report is included on the recent takeover of Tappins Coaches by Weavaway.

There is news of RH Buses ceasing trading

Part Three of the Eton Dorney shuttle buses this time at the Paralympics.

There is also news of the Thames Valley Park shuttle service passing to Stewarts Coaches of Mortimer.

Bus Fare October 2012

October 2012

Details are given of the Reading Transport service changes which came into effect on 24 September 2012.

Ray Smith continues his report on the Eton Dorney Olympic Shuttle Buses.

The usual comprehensive round up of news from around the Kennet & Thames Valley area is also included

Bus Fare September 2012

September 2012

With the Olympics now over, Ray Smith looks at the bus operations organised for the event and in particular, the Eton Dorney Olympic shuttle buses.

BTS Chairman Graham Bilbe reports good news in that a new editir has been found for Bus Fare, so it looks like this journal will survive!

There is the usual coverage of transport news in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare August 2012

August 2012

During the recent Olympics, Reading Buses garaged and serviced some 40 brand new buses on behalf of Firstbus. Details of the vehicles involved are given.

Calamity at Belle Avenue, Reading! Graham Bilbe reports on an accident near his home which caused chaos for bus operations in the area.

There is an update on preserved former Reading area vehicles.

A roundup of news in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Finally an interesting photo was taken of a Bradford trolleybus and Swindon motorbus stoered in Whitley during 1949. Does anybody have more details????

Bus Fare July 2012

July 2012


The big news this month is that former Reading Buses Spectra 701 has been secured for preservation.

There is a preservation update on former Smiths Coaches Bedford OB EDP 757

A report is included on the last Reading bus in maroon and cream livery which has now been repainted into the two tone green livery similar to that now worn by the new Streetlites.

The usual comprehensive round up of news from around the Kennet & Thames valley areas is also included..

Bus Fare June 2012

June 2012

This months edition contains an obituary to Edgar Jordan who sadly passed away on 17 May 2012. Edgar was one of the founder members of the Reading Transport Society and was a fountain of knowledge on Reading trams and trolleybuses. He will be sadly missed.

BTS Chairman Graham Bilbe appeals for assistance in the production of Bus Fare which will cease to be published in the next couple of months unless help is forthcoming!

Graham Bilbe reports on the AEC Centenary rally at Newark held on 26 & 27 May 2012 which presented an opportunity to bring together the 3 Lison AEC's preserved in the UK.

There is the usual round up of news from the Kennet & Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare May 2012

May 2012

This may very well be the last edition of Bus fare unless somebody can step forward to assist with arranging the layout and printing the journal. With Graham Stone working abroad and Mac Head touring abroad, both for long periods, then it is vital that assistance with preparing the magzine for publication is forthcoming soon..

There are details of the renumbering of the former Thames Travel fleet, recently purchased by the Go Ahead Bus Company.

First In Berkshire are introucing a new circular service No. 100 from the 2 June 2012. It will start in Windsor then to Virginia Water, Royal Holloway College, Egham, Runnymeade, Old Windsor and back to Windsor.

The usual roundup of news from the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare April 2012April 2012

This month we have features on the renumbering of the Carousel Buses fleet following the recent takeover by the Go Ahead Group, the celebration of 25 years of the "Oxford Tube" service between Oxford and London using the M40, a continuation of Chris Spencer's feature on local Optare Solos, and further information on local buses and services numbered 500 (or "D" in Roman numerals!)

All this plus the latest road passenger transport news from the Thames and Kennet Valleys.

Bus Fare March 2012

March 2012

Carousel of High Wycome were recently taken over by Go Ahead, consolidating their presence in the Thames Valley and Chiltern areas. Full details are given.

Chris Spencer shows us his photos of the Solo's with various operators working in the Reading area.

There is the usual comprehensive news roundup of bus operators in both the Thames Valley Kennet areas.

Bus Fare February 2012

February 2012

Reading Bus Station recently re-opened for the first time since 1993 on a temporary basis whilst the new railway station is being built. This issue features a consultants report following a survey carried out in the early years after the bus station originally opened up in 1967. It makes fascinating reading.

The usual comprehensive roundup of news from the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare January 2012

January 2012

Following on from the 500th edition of Bus Fare there is a continuation of the story of the 500 series of routes and registrations in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas.

Traffic and Infrastructure news includes details of the temporary re-opening of the old Thames Vally/Alder Vally Bus Staion in Station Hill, Reading plus news of various route diversions in the past month

There is the usual comprehensive round up of transport news from around the Kennet & Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare December 2011

December 2011

This is the 500th edition of Bus Fare and to mark the occasion there is a look at vehicles routes and registrations that have carried the number 500 in the Kennet and Thames valley operational areas and, where possible, include photgraphs.

There is news of the diversions in place following the closure of Castle Street to enable mine exp[loration work to be carried out safely following a number of subsidences in recent years and also other diversions as a result of various other wors being undertaken in the Greater Reading area.

There is the usual comprehensive round up of transport news from around the Kennet & Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare November 2011

November 2011

There is a report on the railway bridge replacement works coming up in the next couple of months in Purley and also the southernmost bridge in Cow Lane, Reading.

Thomas W.W. Knowles provides some old views of Reliance of Newbury buses and coaches.

A full comprehensive round up of news in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is given.

Bus Fare October 2011

October 2011

There is a full review of the latest round of service changes made by Reading Buses on 26 September 2011.

A round up of the latest news from the Kennet and Thames Valley area is also included.

Bus Fare September 2011

September 2011

Robert Williams reports on the Oxford Bus Company applying Oxford SmartZone branding to the rear of their fleet of Scania ND230/Alexander Dennis Enviro 400's in addition to the recently applied "elasticity", "vivacity" etc branding.

"The Way It Was" features an ex Reading Buses Scania now in service with Eddie Brown Tours of Wetherby.

There is the usual comprehensive round up of news in the Kennet and Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare August 2011

August 2011

There is a report on the launch of the Oxford Bus Company, Oxfordshire County Council and Stagecoach in Oxfordshire's eagerly awaited network of co-ordinated timetables and smarter ticketing on Oxford's main bus routes in June 2011.

The usual comprehensive roundup of news from the Kennet and Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare July 2011

July 2011

Chris Spencer and Graham Geoghegan report on their recent ride into the countryside to look at some independent coach operators in Mortimer and Basingstoke.

There is an appeal for information on some former coaches belonging to Reading Buses.

'The Way It Was' looks at the three BTS vehicles that were at Sandtoft to represent the Tram, Trolleybus and Motorbus era in Reading.

There is the usual round-up of news from the Kennet and Thames Valley area.

Bus Fare June 2011

June 2011

Details are given of the service changes in the Woodley and Earley areas.

There is a postscript to the launch of Reading's new traffic management system

There is an appeal for help to check the accuracy of the records of Reading Buses Leyland Tigers and Leyland Titans.

The usual comprehensive round up of news form around the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare May 2011

May 2011

This months news concentrates on the run up to the introduction of the new traffic flow in Reading town centre introduced on 18 April 2011. Full details on the effects of the changeover are reported.

Ray Smith reports on Reading Buses new ticket machine 'The Ticketer'.

The usual comprehensive news round-up from around the Thames & Kennet Valley areas is also included

Bus Fare April 2011

April 2011

With major roadworks about to take place in Reading town centre, details of the proposed changes to bus stops and diversions are given.

Chris Spencer took a trip out to Hungerford and tells us about his Kennet Valley experience!

'The Way It Was' recalls ex Reading 47 & 3 providing a service at the Cobham rally in April 1981.

The usual comprehensive round up of news in the Kennet and Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus fare March 2011

March 2011

Station Road, Reading was closed from early February until mid April and a full report on the diverted bus services appears in this issue.

There is a report by Graham Bilbe titled Night 'Train' To Basingstoke (Or, Confessions of a Rail-Replacemnet Bus Driver)!!!

Mac Head makes a surprising discovery in Bideford of an ex Windsorian coach still in Windsorian livery 18 years after the company ceased trading!

There is the usual in depth round up of news from bus operators in the Kennet and Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare February 2011

February 2011

Between the Christmas and New Year period 2010 Reading railway station was closed whilst major resignalling works were undertaken and also Caversham Road railway bridge on the nothern side was replaced. A comprehensive report on all the bus route diversions that took place and rail replacement bus services that were put in place is included.

There is also a full round up of the latest news from bus operator's in the Kennet and Thames valley areas

Bus Fare January 2011

January 2011

Reading Buses have just taken delivery of 6 new hybrid Alexander, Dennis Enviro 400H double deck buses. A full report on their introduction into service is included.

There is a report on the service changes in the Newbury area.

There is a short report on the Oxford Tube Van Hool double deck bus which crashed just off the M40 motorway on 11 December 2010.

The ususal comprehensive round up of news in the kennet and Thames valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare December 2010

December 2010

Geoff Lovejoy of White Bus Services recalls memories of the problems caused by snow conditions leading up to Christmas 2009. This tale of how bus operators got caught out by the weather makes interesting reading.

'The Way It Was' section shows a view of  Bee Line's leyland Leopard coach 719 (GGM 75W) in Broad Street, Reading in the 1980s before pedestrianisation of that street had taken place.

The usual comprehensive roundup of news from the Kennet and Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare November 2010

November 2010

Andrew Churchill looks at the success of the Oxford Smartcard fare system introduced in March 2007.

Robert Williams reports on the new Real-Time Passenger Information System in Reading.

The usual in-depth look at bus operations in the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare October 2010

October 2010

Green for GO! reports on Reading Transport's "Green Bus" branded buses and a short article describes the operator's choice for replacing its Wayfarer ticketing system.

There is an appeal for information which we can extend to non-members. Do you know when Alder Valley's bus depot in Thorn Walk, Reading, closed, or when the Kenavon Drive works opened? There appears to be no record of the date, but if you know or can get close the Bus Fare editor would be delighted to hear from you at busfare123@yahoo.co.uk

There is an extensive roundup of news in the Kennet & Thames Valley area this month. 

Bus Fare September 2010

September 2010

Robert Williams takes a detailed look at the new operations undertaken by Thames Travel in the Bracknell area.

There is also a 4 page colour spread of photos of buses in the Bracknell area.

'The Way It Was' section reports on the recently restored Aldershot & District Dennis Falcon (POR 428) which was returned to the UK from exile in the Isle Of Man in the 1990s.

The usual comprehensive roundup of news in the Kennet & Thames valley area is also included.

Bus Fare August 2010

August 2010

Despite the fact that the tramway system in Reading was abandoned in May 1939, tramlines are still being lifted from the Reading streets occasionally. This issue reports on the removal of tram tack in Duke Street.

Ray Smith is appealing for photos/slides of Goldline Buses and London Line Buses operating outside the Reading area. Likewise Beeline Bus Sevies too. He also requires Timetables from the same era.

There is a comprehensive roundup of news from operators around the Kennet & Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare July 2010

July 2010

The Isle of Wight Rock Festival was held on11-13 June 2010. To help ferry the people around the Island to the event Southern Vectis hired 5 Spectras from Reading Buses complete with crews for the period. Mark Hamlin reports on what he saw.

Ex Reading Buses 275, a 1968 vintage Brstol RE with Pennine Coachcraft bodywork is in danger of being scrapped if a new owner cannot be found by the end of this summer. Peter Whitehead appeals for people to try and save the vehicle.

There is the usual comprehensive round up of news from operators in the Kennet and Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare June 2010

June 2010

Its all change in Bracknell as some of the First bus services are transferred under tender to Thames Travel. There is a full report of all the changes.

The final instalment of the story of Reading Buses Metroriders is included together with a comprehensive listing of their service history and subsequent disposals.

There is also the  usual comprehensive round up of news of bus operators in the Kennet and Thames Valley area.

Bus Fare May 2010May 2010

Reading Transport has announced an order for six ADL 400 Enviro hybrid double deck buses for delivery in November/December 2010. A full report on this development is included in this issue.

Chris Spencer reports on an enjoyable day out in Berkshire and South Oxfordshire, encountering a number of operators and vehicle types.

There is a photo feature on the former operator Reliance Of  Newbury.

The usual comprehensive round up of bus news in the Kennet and Thames Valley area is also included.

April 2010

School services in the snow - The concluding part of the big freeze that hit the Thames Valley area in January 2010.

There is a colour tribute to the Reading Buses Metrorider featuring the 12 basc livery variations carried over the years.

Details of the approval by Wycombe District Council of a Coachway facility next to the M40 motorway at Handy Cross to host frequent services to London, Oxford, Reading and Slough is given

There is the usual comprehensive round up of news in the Kennet and Thames Valley areas.

March 2010

A comprehensive report about operations by Reading Buses in the big freeze is given, highlighting the trials and tribulations of trying to operate a bus service in such conditions.

A round up of news from the Kennet & Thames Valley areas brings us up to date with local operations

February 2010

On 5 Janaury 2010 heavy snow once again caused major problems for bus operators in the Kennet & Thames Valley area. A comprehensive report is given.


As a result of the Local Transport Act of 2008 , the two largest operators in Oxford, Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach in Oxford are to take advantage of new competition legislation to share services on the four main traffic corridors in the city. Details are included in this issue


There is a comprehensive round up of news from operators around the Kennet & Thames Valley Areas.

Bus Fare January 2010January 2010

Reading Buses have recently made a number of service revisions and full details are given


Details are given regarding the Governments Green Bus Funding


There is a full account of how bus services in the Reading area were affected by the big freeze.


December 2009

The series on the 'Tribute To The MetroRider' is concluded.

There is a back page feature on the Luton & District service X14 which operated between Reading, Leighton Buzzard and Aylesbury.

A comprehensive roundup of news from the Kennet & Thames Valley area is also included.

Bus Fare November 2009

November 2009

Details of Reading Buses service changes, which were due to have been introduced in September 2009, but now postponed until January 2010 are given.

There is a report on Reading Buses ending their experiment with Bio-Ethanol buses.

Part 3 of a tribute to the Reading Buses Metrorider is included plus the usual comprehensive round up of transport news from the Kennet and Thames Valley area.

Bus Fare October 2009October 2009

David Hillas gives a potted history of bus services in High Wycombe which is accompanied by four pages of colour photos.

A comprehensive round up of bus news in the Kennet & Thames Valley area brings us up to date with all that's happening in the area.

Bus Fare September 2009SEPTEMBER 2009

This month's edition includes Part 2 of a tribute to the Reading Buses Metrorider. Details are also given on the massive project of revamping the Reading railway station area together with a new transport interchange on which work will start in 2010.

There is the usual comprehensive round up of bus news from the Kennet and Thames Valley areas.

Bus Fare August 2009AUGUST 2009

Reading Buses recently carried out a service review in a bid to cut costs during the current economic recession. An update of the changes made are reported in this issue.

Part 1 of a tribute to the MetroRiders that were once part of Reading Buses fleet is included together with a comprehensive round up of fleet news in the Kennet & Thames Valley area.

Bus Fare July 2009JULY 2009

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire has invested a cool £9 million in a new fleet of environmentally friendly double deck coaches for its flagship Oxford Tube service. A full report is included.

There is also a review of the Royal Windsor Land Train as well as news of a prehistoric Olympian which visited Maidenhead recently!

Bus Fare June 2009JUNE 2009

Like most bus companies in the UK, Reading Buses is suffering a significant drop in revenue arising from the recession. A review of the company's efforts to stabilise the situation by the end of their financial year in October is given.

There is also a look back at Winkfield Coaches, an offshoot of the well-known White Bus Services of Winkfield, near Windsor which ceased operations in early 1991.

Bus Fare May 2009May 2009

News is reported on the plans to transform Oxford's bus services following the pedestrianisation of a number of streets in the city centre. The project will be carried out in two phases with phase one completion expected in 2010 and phase two completed by 2013.

Details of Courtney Coaches network of bus service changes in the Maidenhead area in February 2009 are given whilst Mac Head tracks down three former AWRE buses exported to Malta 20 years ago which are still in operation there.

Bus Fare April 2009APRIL 2009

This issue contains details of the service revamp in the Newbury area and also the rebranding of Reading Buses rural services.

John Zebedee gives details of a new "Buses In Reading" website and encourages us all to get involved.

The usual comprehensive fleet news on the Kennet & Thames Valley areas is also included.

Bus Fare March 2009MARCH 2009

This month features the story of the transport chaos that ensued following the heavy snowfall during the early hours of 2 February 2009 and also the flooding and black ice in the middle of the month.

The usual comprehensive fleet news from the Kennet and Thames Valley area is also included.

Bus Fare February 2009FEBRUARY 2009

Simon Brown gives an introduction to the bus scene in the Basingstoke area whilst Mac Head takes us for a day out on Green Line.

There are details of 3 preserved ex-Reading motorbuses for sale.

Mac Head asks what goes on behind a bus and coach livery with a look at White Bus Services.

A full round up of news in the Kennet & Thames Valley area is also included.

Bus Fare January 2009JANUARY 2009

This issue includes an article written by Dave Hall for the local Reading Evening Post about the history of Reading's trolleybuses.

There is a review of Reading's 'Pop Art' advertisement Scanias together with a look back at the days when Alder Valley buses on the London commuter services from Reading were used by London Transport for sight seeing tours during the day!

The usual comprehensive news of the Kennet and Thames Valley is also included.

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