Leopard to prowl Reading
Reading is to run a new no.3 service between Wokingham and Reading. Called ‘the leopard’, the service will be operated by Scania ADL Enviro300SG single decker gas buses featuring a striking new livery. Starting on 16 June, it is to run every 20 minutes between Reading and Arborfield Garrison with one bus an hour extending to Wokingham. It sees the restoration of evening buses on Mondays to Saturdays between Reading and Arborfield with the last bus from town at 22.55. On Sundays, buses will run every half hour between Arborfield and Reading.
Marketing Manager, Jake Osman, said, ‘We are confident the new leopard 3 service is sure to catch attention with its striking bold look and name. Reading Buses is investing £1.3 million in these new buses and a team of 15 volunteers is being brought together to drive them. And we are hoping the old saying a leopard never changes its spots will actually be true of our “leopard”…that it will make a great leap forward in quick time and this will be sustainable. In addition, we will be introducing a “leopard 7 day” ticket for use only on the leopard for just £18 when bought on line. This gives unlimited travel on all leopard buses for seven consecutive days. We also have plans for a ten trip smartcard ticket similar to the very popular EasySaver10 ticket widely used in Reading.’