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700, 701 and 702
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Management
Operated by First Berkshire & The Thames Valley
Garage Bracknell
Vehicle Scania K114IB/Irizar Century
Volvo B7R/Plaxton Profile
PVR 7
Route
Start Bracknell
Via Windsor
Slough
End London
Length 30 miles (48 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency Hourly with extra peak journeys
Journey time 1 hour 40-50 minutes
Day 07:15 to 22:53
Night No night service
peak vehicle requirement
See also: Green Line Coaches


Green Line routes 700, 701 and 702 are limited-stop express coach services, currently operated by First Berkshire & The Thames Valley as part of the large Green Line Coaches network. It operates between Bracknell and London.

HistoryEdit

Green Line routes 700, 701 and 702 are one of only two sets of Green Line routes not to be operated by Arriva Shires & Essex. Arriva own the Green Line name, and as such use of the brand name by First is under agreement to them.

The services introduced the "Rainbow Fares" scheme in 2004, which enables passengers to choose the cheapest fares if they don't need to travel at a particular time.

At first, the route was operated by a fleet of Scania N113CRB/Berkhof Excellence 1000 coaches. In 2001 and 2002, a number of Plaxton Premiere and Expressliner were used on the service, but these were soon moved away. In 2005, some Volvo B7R/Plaxton Profile were moved from First Cymru to operate the service. The run in standard First livery with Green Line stickers. After three new vehicles were put on the Reading Railair service, three of the existing Scania K114IB/Irizar Century were painted into and are now used on the Green Line livery.[1]

Current routeEdit

Route 700 runs between Windsor and London only, and route 701 at peak times the whole route plus some Bracknell housing estates. Route 702 is the standard service, running the whole route at a basic hourly frequency.[2]

Route departing BracknellEdit

Route departing LondonEdit


Notes:
  • † - Route 701 only
  • ‡ - Only when the park is open

FaresEdit

There are a number of different fares used on the service. These vary from the standard bus-like singles and day returns to season tickets. Lower fares apply after mid-day. The service was most notable for the use of the "Rainbow Fares" scheme, which was introduced in 2004. This encouraged passengers to travel on the less popular journeys, as they were priced the cheapest. These fares ceased in 2015 with the closure of the Bracknell garage.

Ordinary bus fares are also available between Bracknell and Langley.

Rainbow FaresEdit

Towards LondonSingles:Edit

Ticket Colour Bracknell/Ascot - London Windsor - London Slough - London
Adult Child Senior Citizen Adult Child Senior Citizen Adult Child Senior Citizen
Red £10 £5 £5 £8 £4 £4 £7 £3.50 £3.50
Yellow £7 £3.50 £3.50 £7 £3.50 £3.50 £6 £3 £3
Blue £4 £2 £2 £4 £2 £2 £4 £2 £2
Indigo £2 £1 £1 £2 £1 £1 £2 £1 £1
Returns:
Ticket Colour Bracknell/Ascot - London Windsor - London Slough - London
Adult Child Senior Citizen Adult Child Senior Citizen Adult Child Senior Citizen
Red £13 £6.50 £6.50 £10.50 £5.25 £5.25 £9.50 £4.75 £4.75
Yellow £8.50 £4.25 £4.25 £8.50 £4.25 £4.25 £7 £3.50 £3.50
Blue -- -- -- -- -- -- £7 £3.50 £3.50
Indigo -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Towards BracknellEdit

Singles:
Ticket Colour London - Bracknell/Ascot London - Windsor London - Slough
Adult Child Senior Citizen Adult Child Senior Citizen Adult Child Senior Citizen
Orange £8.50 £4.25 £4.25 £8.50 £4.25 £4.25 £7 £3.50 £3.50
Green £7 £3.50 £3.50 £7 £3.50 £3.50 £7 £3.50 £3.50
Blue £4 £2 £2 £4 £2 £2 £4 £2 £2
Violet £1 £0.50 £0.50 £1 £0.50 £0.50 £1 £0.50 £0.50
Returns:
Ticket Colour London - Bracknell/Ascot London - Windsor London - Slough
Adult Child Senior Citizen Adult Child Senior Citizen Adult Child Senior Citizen
Orange £12.50 £6.25 £6.25 £12.50 £6.25 £6.25 £8.50 £4.25 £4.25
Green £9 £4.50 £4.50 £9 £4.50 £4.50 £8 £4 £4
Blue -- -- -- -- -- -- £7 £3.50 £3.50
Violet -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

As part of the Rainbow Fares scheme, in some instances it is cheaper to buy two single tickets than a return, which is why returns aren't available on some journeys. Passengers with "orange" return tickets can use then on any First bus in the Berkshire area.

Children aged 5-15 can get half the adult fare, and students with ID are entitled to the child fare. Senior citizens with free travel passes can use them between Bracknell and Langley, and any pensioner can get a half fare on all of the route.

Season ticketsEdit

Unlike standard bus services, routes 700, 701 and 702 offer season tickets. These can also be used most other First Berkshire & The Thames Valley buses. Tickets have to be purchased by calling the company, but weekly tickets are available from the driver.

Ticket Type Bracknell/Ascott - London Legoland/Windsor - London Chalvey, Slough and Langley - London
Weekly £52 £42 £38
Monthly £195 £158 £143
3-monthly £550 £450 £400
Annual £1770 £1420 £1270


ReferencesEdit

  1. Bus Zone - First Berkshire Accessed 28 April 2008
  2. First Berkshire & The Thames Valley - 700, 701, 702 timetable Accessed 28 April 2008

External linksEdit


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