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« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2017, 10:01:19 PM »

First Wokingham, then Bracknell, and from December Reading Buses will be serving London as well......albeit in a roundabout way.

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We’re pleased to confirm that we will be operating the 702 Bracknell – Windsor – Slough – London Greenline service from Wednesday 27th December after First withdraw.
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« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2017, 12:11:48 AM »

First Wokingham, then Bracknell, and from December Reading Buses will be serving London as well......albeit in a roundabout way.

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We’re pleased to confirm that we will be operating the 702 Bracknell – Windsor – Slough – London Greenline service from Wednesday 27th December after First withdraw.

Will it still be operated as a Green Line route or will it lose its identity?
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« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2017, 08:42:37 AM »

No doubt it will be named after some fast animal or other!
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« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2017, 09:47:30 AM »

I couldn't think of any real life green cat, this fictional one used to run away a lot   Grin
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« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2017, 10:39:26 AM »

First Wokingham, then Bracknell, and from December Reading Buses will be serving London as well......albeit in a roundabout way.

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We’re pleased to confirm that we will be operating the 702 Bracknell – Windsor – Slough – London Greenline service from Wednesday 27th December after First withdraw.

Will it still be operated as a Green Line route or will it lose its identity?

The Greeenline brand is owned by Arriva, and was used under licence by First, though the 702 was the last route operated under that agreement. Arriva might license it to Reading buses, if both parties are interested in the idea. If this "London to Legoland bus" only goes as far as Bracknell, running it as a Reading Buses service would look a bit silly, and perhaps confuse. However, if RB have a plan to extend it to Reading, that would make sense. Watch this space ...

PS: Reading Buses' own full statement was this:
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We’re pleased to confirm that we will be operating the 702 Bracknell – Windsor – Slough – London Greenline service from Wednesday 27th December after First withdraw.

Our timetable and fares will be broadly similar to those operated today and more details will be posted here as soon as they are finalised.

We will be operating a special limited service on Christmas Eve (24th December) which this year falls on a Sunday and again full timetable details will be posted here shortly.

We look forward to welcoming Greenline customers on-board and working to develop the service over the coming months. 
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« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2017, 05:48:37 PM »

It won't be Reading Buses first foray into London.

As with a number of operators they started operating into the capital when services were deregulated in 1980.  Initially it was a joint operation with Southend Transport with both running buses to the other's town across London.

Later it was cut back to finish in London and finally ceased at the turn of the century.

This is a blind from the late 1980s

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« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2017, 07:59:45 PM »

Interesting to see a local independent push out a large established national operator. It's nearly always the other way round.

10 years ago Courtney Coaches (as was) operated just a couple of tendered bus services in the Bracknell Forest borough. That was after nearly losing their 'O' licence in 2006.

Today they are main operator of both commercial and tendered services in Bracknell, Wokingham, and Maidenhead. FirstBus tried, and failed, to hold on to their previous dominant position, closing their Bracknell depot in 2016.
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« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2017, 10:35:00 PM »

Interesting to see a local independent push out a large established national operator. It's nearly always the other way round

I don't think it's quite a case of RB pushing out First, rather First giving the service up and RB taking the service forward instead, as you say much in the way that Courtney's have in Bracknell etc
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« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2017, 12:00:22 AM »

I was talking only about Courtney v FirstBus in Bracknell, Wokingham and surrounding areas. There was direct competition between the two on commercial routes in the area. That usually ends up with the big boy winning. In this case though First threw in the towel.
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