Relaunched Thames Valley Buses takes on new ADL buses

Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) has supplied three stock-built Enviro200 buses to Reading Buses for its newly relaunched Thames Valley Buses network in Slough and Windsor.

Council-owned Reading Buses decided to consolidate its network in Slough and Windsor after the purchase of Courtney Buses added routes to the operator’s existing operation. Thames Valley Buses now runs six services in the towns, extending to Maidenhead and Heathrow Airport.

The operator turned to ADL – a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc, one of the world’s largest independent global bus manufacturers – to meet their vehicle requirements in time for the launch of the new network. Reading Buses’ CEO, Robert Williams, explained: “ADL had some vehicles to the right specification, and they were available quickly, which was the thing that decided it for us.”

The 10.8m long single deckers have Euro 6 engines, ensuring low emissions and are equipped with 41 comfortable ADL SmartSeats.

Williams said the new buses have been well received by customers: “They are bright and reliable,” he said. “Customers love them and we are really pleased with them. In the future, if there is another short-term need for a piece of work to be done quite quickly, we would look at buying from stock again.”

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Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now writes for The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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