First Berkshire & The Thames Valley
|Service type||Bus services|
|Fleet||138 (October 2013)|
In January 1986 The Berks Bus Company took over the Bracknell, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading and Wokingham operations of Alder Valley as part of the privatisation of the National Bus Company. In late 1987 The Berks Bus Company was sold to Q Drive and renamed Beeline.
In 1990 the High Wycombe operations were sold to the Oxford Bus Company, and in 1992 the Reading and Newbury operations were sold to Reading Transport. In 1993 Beeline purchased the Slough operations of Luton & District Transport, until 1986 the Slough depot of London Country Bus Services and later part of the London Country North West division.
The company currently operates just under 30 services, operating most of the town services in Bracknell, Slough and Wokingham, as well as services to surrounding areas such as Heathrow Airport, High Wycombe, Reading. The company was previously the dominant operator in Maidenhead, but town services there were abandoned in 2004 and are now run by Courtney Buses.
As well as normal First branded services, there are five specially branded groups of routes. Some routes to Heathrow Airport are run with blue Heathrow 7 Series Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaros. Some routes in Slough are branded as Slough Trading Estate Hoppa, and use red liveried Optare Solos. The Legoland Shuttle is run with yellow buses in Legoland graphics.
A new service, route 100, started on 2 June 2012, linking tourist destinations close to Windsor.
The company also used to operate Ride Pegasus!, a larger scheme run under contract to Surrey Country Council from an outstation in Merrow, Guildford. This ceased in July 2010 after the council cut the funding.
As at October 2013 the fleet consisted of 138 buses and coaches:
- Plaxton Profile
- Plaxton Panther
- Plaxton Panther 2
- Wright Eclipse Gemini
- Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
- Volvo 7900 Hybrid
- Volvo Olympian
- |Irizar Century
- Dennis Trident 2
- Plaxton President
- Dennis Dart SLF
- Marshall Capital
- Alexander ALX200
- Plaxton Pointer
- Optare Solo
- Wright Axcess-Floline
- Wright Axcess-Ultralow
- Wright Solar
- American Bluebird A3RE
- Mercedes-Benz Citaro
- BMC 1100
- Companies House extract company no 2179403 First Beeline Buses Limited
- Companies House extract company no 1966624 First Rail Support Limited formerly The Berks Bus Company Limited
- The BeeLine Timeline Busworld
- Courtney Coaches - About Us Archived 1 January 2011 at WebCite
- First Berkshire & The Thames Valley - "About us". Retrieved 30 April 2008. Archived 1 January 2011 at WebCite
- Surrey County Council - Access Buses Accessed 10 May 2008[dead link]
- First Berkshire Fleet List Buszone 7 October 2013
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