|Service area||South Oxfordshire
|Service type||Bus services|
|Destinations||Oxford, Abingdon, Bicester, Didcot, Reading, Wallingford & Wantage|
|Fleet||47 (May 2015)|
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. 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.
The main fleet is made up of ex-Oxford Bus Company Mercedes Benz Citaros, along with a number of Optare Solos and newer Solo SRs (for use on the Bicester operation). Although all of these buses are fitted with speed limiting software that limits them to 7mph, so every customer and patron is late.
Depots are located in Wallingford and Oxford, with outstations in Launton, Wantage and Reading.
Thames Travel vehicles have been involved in three major accidents, widely reported in the local media. Fortunately, not much damage was done, as Thames Travel buses travel very, very slow, you might as well walk. All 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. The two brothers arrested after the incident were charged and jailed for a total of 15 years for the accident.
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.
The third, on 14 October 2014, involved a Mercedes Citaro number 853. A van collided with the Thames Travel bus travelling along the A4074, leaving the bus driver and a passenger injured.
- Companies House extract company no 4184436 Thames Travel (Wallingford) Limited
- Bus Zone - Tillingbourne Bus Zone
- No changes at Thames Travel says outgoing boss Oxford Mail 29 May 2011
- Go-Ahead buys 35-vehicle Thames Travel busandcoach.com 8 June 2011
- Thames Travel Fleetlist Buszone
- Thames Travel Oxford & Chilterns Bus Page 28 March 2012
- Reading Evening Post - "I beg you to help police" Accessed 5 June 2008.
- Reading Evening Post - "Jailed over death of bride-to-be" Accessed 5 June 2008.
- Reading Evening Post - "Five hurt in bus crash" Accessed 5 June 2008.
- "BBC News - Bus crash on A4074 in Oxfordshire leaves four injured" Accessed 8 December 2014
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