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First B&TV 60163 on 194

A First Berkshire & The Thames Valley Scania L94-UB/Wright Axcess-Floline in Camberley on route 194.

First B&TV ES64037

A First Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro in the blue "Heathrow 7 Series" livery, at a LBPT bus rally.

First Berkshire & The Thames Valley is a bus operator serving Bracknell, Slough and Wokingham, in England. It is part of First Group, a major bus and train operator with a turnover of nearly £2.5 billion a year and 62,000 employees across the UK and North America. The division operates around 120 vehicles and employs 300 staff.

History Edit

The predecessor the First Berkshire & The Thames Vally is Beeline. In 1990, this was owned by a group called Q-Drive. In 1991/2 the Reding and Newbury operations were purchased by Reading Transport Ltd - which still operate them - leaving Beeline with similar services to what First now operate. The rest of the company was sold to First in the late 1990s, and became known as First Beeline.[1]

First Group took the decision to corporately brand their services in 2001/2, and so First Beeline became First Berkshire & The Thames Valley.[2]

Services Edit

The company currently operate just under 30 services, currently operating most of the town services in Bracknell, Slough and Wokingham, as well as services to surrounding areas such as London Heathrow Airport, High Wycombe and Reading.

As well as normal First branded services, there are five specially branded routes. Some routes in Slough are branded as "Linx", and uses purple liveried buses (it is planned these will be repainted red soon). Similarly, some routes to Heathrow Airport are run with blue "Heathrow 7 Series" Mercedes-Benz Citaros, before the delivery of extra buses were in a silver livery. The Legoland Shuttle is run with yellow buses in Legoland graphics.

Coach services are also run under different branded. The Reading to Heathrow Rail/Air service uses "RailAir" branded services, and routes 700, 701 and 702 use Green Line liveried vehicles.[3]

Standard routes Edit

Number Route Other notes
1A/1B
Slough - Slough Trading Estate - Burnham - Priory Estate A Linx service
Slough - Slough Trading Estate - Britwell A Linx service
2 Slough - Slough Trading Estate - Burnham - Whittaker Road - Priory Estate A Linx service
3 Wexham Park Hospital - Upton Lea - Manor Park - Slough Trading Estate
8/8A
Wexham Park Hospital - Slough - Chalvey - Cippenham
Slough - Chalvey - Cippenham
53/153
Binfield - Priestwood - Bracknell - Warfield - Maidenhead - Wexham Park Hospital
Binfield - Priestwood - Bracknell - Warfield Tesco
53A Bracknell - Winkfield/Maidenhead
58 Burnham - Britwell - Slough - Langley - Uxbridge
60/61
Eton Wick - Eton - Slough - Datchet - Wraysbury - Heathrow Terminal 5
Langley - Eton Wick - Eton - Slough - Datchet - Wraysbury - Heathrow Terminal 5
62 Brands Hill - Datchet
65 Slough - Goldsworthy Way
71 Slough - Windsor - Egham - Staines - Heathrow Terminal 5 A Heathrow 7 Series service, replacing routes 41/43
74 High Wycombe - Beaconsfield - Slough Run in competition with Arriva Shires and Essex's parallel route 74
75/76
Maidenhead - Slough - Langley - Heathrow Airport Central bus station A Heathrow 7 Series service
Cippenham - Slough - Langley - Heathrow Airport Central bus station A Heathrow 7 series service
77 Slough - Windsor - Heathrow Terminal 5 A Heathrow 7 Series local service
78 Britwell/Burnham - Slough - Langley - Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 A Heathrow 7 Series service
154 Bracknell - Bullbrook - Bracknell
155 Bracknell - Harmanswater - Forest Park - Crown Wood - Harmanswater - Bracknell A Bracknell town service
158/159
Bracknell - Crown Wood - Birch Hill - Great Hollands - Easthamstead - Bracknell A Bracknell town service
Bracknell - Easthamstead - Great Hollands - Birch Hill - Crown Wood - Bracknell A Bracknell town service
162 Bracknell - Winkfield Row - Ascot A Bracknell town service
190 Reading - Wokingham - Norreys Estate - Bean Oak - John Nike Lesiure Centre - Bracknell
191 Bracknell - Ascot - Windsor - Slough
192 Bracknell - Charters School School service
194 Bracknell - Crowthorne - Sandhurst - Camberley
200 Windsor railway station - Windor town centre - Legoland Run for Legoland Windsor, using specially liveried yellow buses.
355 Slough Bus Station - Newland Park College
501 MCI - Madejski statdium - Reading town centre A Park and ride service
Green Line 700/701/702 Bracknell, Ascot, Windsor, Slough, London Victoria A Green Line Coaches service
X25 Reading railway station - Heathrow Airport A RailAir service

Other services Edit

First Berkshire & The Thames Valley operate two school buses schemes. One uses American-style school buses, running around Runnymede, from an outstation in Chertsey, and the other is a larger scheme, run under contract to Surrey Country Council. This is Ride Pegasus!, which is run from an outstation in Merrow, Guildford. A number of routes are operated, as well as some non-school "Access Bus" service, primarily for senior citizens.[4]

References Edit

  1. Bus Zone - "First Beeline and Berkshire & The Thames Valley" Accessed 30 April 2008
  2. Bus Zone - "First Beeline and Berkshire & The Thames Valley" Accessed 30 April 2008
  3. First Berkshire & The Thames Valley - Timetables Accessed 30 april 2008
  4. First Berkshire & The Thames Valley - "About us" Accessed 30 April 2008

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