Live updates

Town's gas buses will be a world first

Martijn Gilbert, Reading Buses' CEO, signs official order for Scania gas double deckers with Mark Oliver, UK Bus & Coach Fleet Sales General Manager for Scania (GB) Ltd Credit: Reading Buses

Reading Buses are set to be the first bus company in the world running double decker buses powered by Compressed Natural Gas from a bio-methane source.

The new buses will be a welcome addition to the company's fleet of 34 single deck Scania gas buses. The five new double-deckers cost around £1.3 million and Reading Buses' Chief Executive Officer, Martijn Gilbert, says the fuel has proven both cost viable and reliable.

For passengers, the buses will have the latest Reading Buses interior including comfortable high back seating, USB charging sockets for mobile phones and tablets, free superfast 4G wi-fi and next stop audio and visual customer information systems.

Our gas buses are consistently high performers in terms of both reliability and customer appeal with considerably quieter and greener engines than conventional diesel vehicles.

We were the first UK operator of Scania’s gas single deck buses and our experience of these has proven the economic case to add more such vehicles within our existing depot infrastructure and come back three years later with yet another major order that is again a ‘first’ for gas buses.”

– John Bickerton, Chief Engineer, Reading Buses

Passengers impressed with bus service

Passengers rated Reading Buses' service highly Credit: Reading Buses

A Berkshire bus company has reached the top five in a passenger survey.

Almost one thousand people were questioned by Transport Focus, the independent transport users watchdog.

Reading Buses gained a satisfaction score of ninety three per cent - well above the national average.

The rise in our overall satisfaction score reflects our commitment to continually improving our services and growing customer numbers. This is achieved through an unrelenting focus on the needs of our customers and is backed up with ongoing investing in the latest technology and facilities both on and off our buses."

– Martijn Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer, Reading Buses


New scheme helps vulnerable people use public transport

New scheme gives vulnerable adults confidence to use public transport

For people with learning difficulties public transport is often a lifeline - giving them the freedom to work, shop and socialise when otherwise they could be trapped at home. Yet many say they lack confidence and fear getting lost or even abused. Now a new programme is being launched to help them.