Reading Buses today confirmed that it has submitted a route registration to cover the Dedworth-Windsor-Slough route 2 after First’s operations cease on 29 January. The announcement follows First’s withdrawal of this route as well as other services across the area.
The route will operate hourly under the company’s new Thames Valley branding, using modern bright red buses with leather seats and free WiFi. Between Windsor and Slough, two buses per hour service will operate through the red bus and Green Line 702, which Reading Buses took over from First late last month.
In addition, the route will be extended to provide a link to Legoland Windsor from Slough and Windsor during school holidays. This will operate alongside the daily Green Line 702, which already serves the attraction in part replacement for First’s 200 route that has also been withdrawn.
This builds upon the recent announcement that Reading Buses, under its new Thames Valley operating banner, will begin operations in Slough on route 5 to Cippenham, in addition to evening journeys on route 4 to Maidenhead and Sunday and public holiday journeys on route 6 to Wexham Park, all under an initial six-month emergency contract from Slough Borough Council starting on Saturday 20 January to replace First following their withdrawal.
Commenting on this further addition to the Thames Valley network, Reading Buses’ chief executive officer Martijn Gilbert says: “The popular route 2 between Dedworth, Windsor and Slough is a good fit alongside our existing 702 Green Line route between Slough and Windsor and it adds further journey opportunities under our new Thames Valley operation serving the east of Berkshire.
In addition, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead announced yesterday that it is organising replacements for the other withdrawn routes 10/11 and 15. These will include additional peak time, very early morning and late evening buses for Dedworth as well as an all-day Sunday service.