Thames Travel

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Thames Travel
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MCV Evolution bodied MAN 14.220
in Reading in May 2008
Parent Go-Ahead Group
Founded April 1998
Headquarters Wallingford
Service area South Oxfordshire
Service type Bus services
Destinations Oxford, Abingdon, Bicester, Didcot, Reading, Wallingford & Wantage
Fleet 46 (September 2014)

Thames Travel[1] is a bus operator based in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England. It is a subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group.


Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro in September 2012
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart in Bracknell in June 2010
Optare Solo in Bracknell in June 2010

Thames Travel was founded on 14 April 1998 by John Wright with four buses. It expanded by winning new contracts in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, and taking over work from operators that have ceased trading such as Chiltern Queens of Woodcote and Tillingbourne Bus Company on 19 March 2001.[2] Thames Travel has also benefited from operators including First Berkshire & The Thames Valley, Reading Buses and Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, giving up commercial work. However in recent years smaller competitors including Heyfordian, RH Transport, Weavaway Travel and Whites Coaches have won work that Thames Travel had operated.

In May 2011 Thames Travel was purchased by Go-Ahead Group.[3][4]


As at September 2013 the fleet consisted of 67 buses.[5] The fleet is numbered in the Oxford Bus Company series.[6]


Depots are located in Wallingford, Arborfield and Bracknell.

Notable incidents[edit]

Thames Travel vehicles have been involved in two major accidents, widely reported in the local media. Both happened on the A4074 road, locally known as the "13 bends of death".

In the first accident, on July 21, 2006, a 26 year old woman was killed after colliding head on with a Thames Travel MCV Evolution bodied Dennis Dart SLF number 155 in plain white livery. It was found that she did this to avoid a collision with two cars coming towards her, who had been recklessly overtaking numerous other cars before the accident. As a result of the collision, both vehicles caught fire and were completely destroyed. The bus was replaced with the next intake of new vehicles.[7] The two brothers arrested after the incident were charged and jailed for a total of 15 years for the accident.[8]

The second accident, on 28 January 2008, involved an MCV Evolution bodied MAN 14.220 number 256. It collided in fog with a Land Rover that was turning off the road across the bus's path. The Land Rover landed on its side; the bus in a ditch. The accident happened on the A4074 at its junction with the B4526 road. Five people were injured.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 4184436 Thames Travel (Wallingford) Limited
  2. ^ Bus Zone - Tillingbourne Bus Zone
  3. ^ No changes at Thames Travel says outgoing boss Oxford Mail 29 May 2011
  4. ^ Go-Ahead buys 35-vehicle Thames Travel 8 June 2011
  5. ^ Thames Travel Fleetlist Buszone
  6. ^ Thames Travel Oxford & Chilterns Bus Page 28 March 2012
  7. ^ Reading Evening Post - "I beg you to help police" Accessed 5 June 2008.
  8. ^ Reading Evening Post - "Jailed over death of bride-to-be" Accessed 5 June 2008.
  9. ^ Reading Evening Post - "Five hurt in bus crash" Accessed 5 June 2008.

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