Reading putting Scania gas buses on greenwave

Reading Buses has put three of its gas-powered dual-door Scania double-deckers on its greenwave service.

The gas buses replace similarly-powered single-deckers on the route.

The greenwave service is run in partnership with Green Park rail station and last november was given a simplified route designed to make the network easier to understand.

The double-deckers feature at-seat USB charging points, coat hooks, space for two wheelchair users, a group seating area upstairs with a table, ‘air-charge’ mobile phone charging docks and free wifi.

“It’s important that we continue the evolution of Reading’s bus network” – Robert Williams, Reading Buses Chief Executive Officer

Robert Williams, Reading Buses Chief Executive Officer, said: “It’s important that we continue the evolution of Reading’s bus network to meet demand and keep our compact and congested town moving.

“Before the pandemic hit the greenwave network was one of our fastest growing services thanks to a partnership with Reading Borough Council and Green Park dating back to 2011.

“At the same time we are mindful that more people on the buses can increase boarding times so by using dual-door buses we are able to let people off at the same time as letting others board, as well as providing more capacity.

“Coupled with the ongoing improvements to the dedicated bus lanes on the A33 this meets our aim to make greenwave a mass rapid transit system that will lead to many more people leaving their cars behind and reducing traffic on this busy road.

“And if we can tempt more people out of their cars this will help even more.”

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