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Reading bus employee celebrates 45 year milestone

Reading Buses look back at the history of their longest serving employee who has been working at the company for 45 years.

Reading Buses were running trolley buses when Roger Tuggey 63, began as a fitter’s mate in 1962.

James Freeman, Reading Buses CEO, congratulates Roger on his 45 years with the company Credit: Reading Buses

Roger said the fleet of over 30 trolley buses was ‘very popular’ in Reading as they were a ‘quality, fast electric vehicle.’

The fleet changed to Leyland Titans, Leyland Olympians and Tiger Coaches before new Scania’s and the latest state-of-the-art hybrids and gas buses in service today.

His job in the workshop is mainly test servicing inspection vehicles, but in the past he has been a member of the ‘E’ breakdown crew which kept vehicles in service.

He remembers the day he was on road test with a vehicle when he went down a hill and the nearside rear hub came off.

He said: "The half shaft snapped and the vehicle came to rest,” said Roger. “There was no drift? in the hub duction. This had worked the hub nut loose and it came off. Fortunately, the vehicle wasn’t in service. But it was still one of those scary happenings."

Bus driver narrowly misses man lying in road

A bus driver from the Isle of Wight saved a man's life after driving in the early hours of the morning.

The incident happened on Saturday 5th October at 3.05am on the route along Halletts Shute.

Sgt Dave Sanderson from the Isle of Wight Roads Policing Unit said:

"The video shows the extraordinary danger the man put himself in. More significantly the danger he put everyone else in. Imagine the devastating impact this incident could have had on others if it were not for the amazing reactions of the bus driver."


New state-of-art buses for IOW

Ten new state-of-the-art buses are to be introduced to the Isle of Wight's fleet on Friday.

The buses have been built in the UK and each cost more than £180,000.

They will be powered by eco-friendly engines and equipped with digital destination displays.

There will also be low floor easy access with space to carry wheelchairs and baby buggies.

The investment is proof of our ongoing commitment to the offer of a reliable, safe and quality bus service for islanders."

– d Wills, Operations Director of the Go Ahead Group’s bus and coach operations in south

Local man who was hit and injured by bus dies

A pedestrian, who was injured when he was in a collision with a bus in Bognor, has died.

The 35-year-old local man received serious injuries when he collided with the Stagecoach bus in the road at Canada Grove, Bognor just before 4:30pm yesterday.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance, but sadly died there that evening.

An 83-year-old woman who was a passenger on the bus was treated for minor injuries at St Richards Hospital in Chichester.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Langham.

Bus fire investigations ongoing

Fire on the single decker bus in Pyecombe, West Sussex Credit: Credit: Terri Hunter

Investigations are continuing following a bus fire on the A23 near Brighton. It happened just three minutes before the end of a strike by firefighters in the city, yesterday.

The blaze, caused by an engine fault, led to delays on both carriageways, as they rapidly filled with smoke. But no-one was injured.


Man taken to hospital after being hit by bus

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was knocked down by a bus.

The accident happened this afternoon in Shirley, Southampton.

The man, who is in his 40's, was crossing the road at Foyers Corner, at the junction of Howard Road and Shirley Road.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment to head injuries.

Passengers who were on the bus at the time were spoken to by officers, before another bus came to collect them.

Anyone with information should call the Roads Policing Uni at Totton on 101, quoting Operation Cromarty.

South's Beach Bus set to return

The Beach Bus will return next summer after a successful first year Credit: New Forest National Park authority

The Beach Bus that connects tourist areas in Hampshire and Dorset is set to return next year.

The new service ran for five weeks during the summer holidays and attracted around 6,000 passenger journeys.

Operated by Wilts and Dorset in partnership with the New Forest National Park Authority, ran 8 times a day and 7 days a week.

The bus called at popular destinations such as Exbury Gardens, Buckler's Hard, the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and Lymington.

The Beach Bus is supported by a £3.8m Department for Transport grant to encourage car-free travel in the New Forest and South Downs National Parks.

Jane Mills, the Buckler's Hard attraction manager, said:

‘Our visitor numbers were up this summer compared to last year, and the Beach Bus has helped local people as well as visitors to the New Forest to visit Buckler’s Hard and contribute towards that increase. We look forward to seeing it again next summer.’

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