Green Line 702 changes hands

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A re-registered Enviro400 carried the new livery that Reading Buses is going to use on the Green Line service it has taken over from First Hampshire, Dorset & Berkshire. KRIS LAKE

Reading Buses marked the takeover of Bracknell/Windsor to Central London Green Line service 702 from First Hampshire, Dorset & Berkshire with a running day on Christmas Eve. There was a special timetable operated between London Victoria and Windsor with a second shuttle service running between Windsor and Bracknell.

While buses operated free, donations to the Red Balloon Learning Centre were welcomed. Vehicles used included Reading Buses CEO Martijn Gilbert’s own open-top Routemaster, Berkshire’s Big Red Bus Company’s former Green Line Routemaster, a long Routemaster from RedRoutemaster and a London Bus Company long former Green Line Routemaster. Ensignbus provided a Green Line-liveried RT-type AEC Regent III and its former Southend Van Hool Astromega while the London Bus Museum supplied a Green Line RF-type AEC Regal IV. Reading Buses used one of the three tri-axle Scania OmniLinks it has hired from Stagecoach for the route and also unveiled an Enviro400 in its new Green Line livery.