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Offline David Goddard

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Clean Clarets
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:45:46 PM »
From the Reading Buses website:

Due to two upper deck windscreens being damaged by trees in Lower Earley at the weekend (16 & 17 July), the new claret hybrid buses have been temporarily withdrawn until Wokingham Borough Council can arrange for them to be trimmed.  The severe rain over the weekend resulted in the branches becoming heavier and therefore lower.  We will update you once this has been resolved, and rest assured we will have your 'clean clarets' back in service as soon as possible!

They will operate on services 20, 20a and 21 (the claret routes between Reading and Lower Earley via the University of Reading).




This possibly explains why generic silver vehicles have been seen on these routes this week.  I assume that the former maroon Omnidekkas must be unavailable now.
« Last Edit: August 02, 2011, 03:58:22 PM by DavidG »

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Re: Clean Clarets temporarily withdrawn
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2011, 10:18:59 PM »
From the Reading Buses website:

Due to two upper deck windscreens being damaged by trees in Lower Earley at the weekend (16 & 17 July), the new claret hybrid buses have been temporarily withdrawn until Wokingham Borough Council can arrange for them to be trimmed.  The severe rain over the weekend resulted in the branches becoming heavier and therefore lower.  We will update you once this has been resolved, and rest assured we will have your 'clean clarets' back in service as soon as possible!

They will operate on services 20, 20a and 21 (the claret routes between Reading and Lower Earley via the University of Reading).


This possibly explains why generic silver vehicles have been seen on these routes this week.  I assume that the former maroon Omnidekkas must be unavailable now.
They might have been sold off, or painted into a different route colour?
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Offline Derrick Pancel

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Re: Clean Clarets temporarily withdrawn
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2011, 02:04:16 AM »
The article did mention *temporarily withdrawn* - presumably for window replacement and to allow the local council to prune the trees ?

Offline David Goddard

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Re: Clean Clarets temporarily withdrawn
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2011, 11:33:45 PM »
That was the way I read it Derrick.

In light of the shortages, a mixture of vehicles have been operating the Lower Earley routes today, including three Solars.
Light Green 1018 was out on its former stamping ground this morning, seen on service 20a at Lower Earley this morning.
Like-liveried classmate 1019 was seen coming into the town centre on route 21 at 18:30 and again at 22:30.
Finally, generic silver 1013 worked the 22:40 service 21 to Lower Earley.

Offline David Goddard

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Clean Clarets back in service
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2011, 03:58:03 PM »
The new Hybrid E400s are now in full service on the Lower Earley routes.

Seven of the nine Claret liveried vehicles appear to have been delivered, with all up to 216 being seen in service.  This leaves two more to arrive.

210-SN11 BVR, 211-SN11 BVS, 212-SN11 BVT, 213-SN11 BVU, 214-SN11 BVV, 215-SN11 BVW, 216-SN11 BVX

Attached are images of some of these in service, seen this lunchtime at the London Road/Kendrick Road turn.

Offline David Goddard

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Re: Clean Clarets
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011, 01:38:18 PM »
Claret 218 (SN11 BVZ) has now arrived and is in service (seen at Jackson's corner at 12:30).
This leaves just 217 to come, unless anyone else has seen it...

Offline David Goddard

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Re: Clean Clarets
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2011, 05:56:28 PM »
And to complete the set, 217 seen in Market place this afternoon:

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Re: Clean Clarets
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2011, 10:23:04 PM »
The bonded glazing really improves the E400's styling.

If trees can be a problem on a route, why not order low-height versions to avoid some tree damage.

Offline David Goddard

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Re: Clean Clarets
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2011, 07:39:28 AM »
The Clean Clarets have now all received branding for the Lower Earley group of services, including the logo of the University, which is now served every 7/8 minutes during the day.

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Re: Clean Clarets
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2011, 11:31:10 AM »
Stupid question.....but why dont Reading Buses assist in keeping there vehicles safe and undamaged by doing what a lot of companies used to do and have a vehicle to trim trees back.....?

Why does it pass the buck to the local council...???


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Re: Clean Clarets
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2011, 11:58:09 AM »
Health and Safety? And more than likely the legalities of cutting trees they don't own I would think
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Re: Clean Clarets
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2011, 07:00:14 PM »
Why does it pass the buck to the local council...???

Because it is the legal responsibility of the local council.

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Re: Clean Clarets
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2011, 10:43:58 PM »
Lothian Buses got slaughtered in the press a few years ago for taking an open top tour bus out to do some tree cutting in Restalrig.

Offline David Goddard

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Re: Clean Clarets
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2011, 11:38:26 PM »
Plus also in this instance Reading Buses is part of Reading Borough Council and the trees in question are in Wokingham Borough...