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November 22 2017
By Mel Holley

Mel was routeONE magazine’s Editor until autumn 2018. He has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.


First ditches Green Line route

First is to stop running its hourly route 702 Bracknell-Windsor-Slough-London Victoria Green Line on 23 December, due to it no longer being sufficiently profitable. It is the last Green Line-branded route it runs, using the name under licence from Arriva.

Reading Buses has moved fast with a replacement service on the route from 27 December.

It says: “From our perspective there is a clear case for growth.

“Our business model allows us to invest where we think there will be a return that will benefit our company and serve the Berkshire Thames Valley region.

“We continue to expand, alongside the growing Reading travel-to-work and associated areas, such as Bracknell.”

It will be recruiting the 18 drivers required for the 12 duties a day and is paying £12.65-14.78 per hour (depending on day) compared with First’s £11.56-11.97 rate.



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