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Thames Valley Buses and Courtney Buses to merge

7 months ago Thu 10th Oct 2019

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we are combining our Thames Valley Buses and Courtney Buses operations in the Slough and Windsor areas under the Thames Valley name, but operated by Courtney Buses. 

The merger also brings some changes as we look to improve our offering in this area.

operator changes

We reintroduced the Thames Valley brand in January 2018 for our new services in Slough following the withdrawal of First.

Our plan is to re-brand Courtney Buses as Thames Valley Buses across the network, but done in stages, over the next few years - starting with Slough and Windsor.

This means that all Thames Valley Buses information can be found with Courtney Buses. 

new buses

We are introducing brand new buses onto route 5 which will have more capacity, including more space for buggies, following the great performance of the route so far. 

Route 10 will gain more modern buses with a high specification interior and the latest low-emission engines.

Thames Valley Buses will have a new look to incorporate the well-known Courtney Buses bird motif, with the buses having a 'valley of colour' on a base livery of grey - with a different colour for each route or group of routes.

Our first new buses have already gone into service in advance of the changes.

changes to routes and times

As part of this work, we will also be changing some routes and times in the area to better coordinate all the services.

The current Thames Valley Buses route 5 will now be operated by Courtney Buses, but still under the Thames Valley Buses name. The buses for this route will, of course, be the new style brand.  There will also be some very minor tweaks to the early morning journeys to improve reliability. 

Due to a retendering of contracts by Slough Borough Council, Thames Valley Buses routes 4 and 6 will revert to being operated by First.  

summary of changes

All routes will now come under the Thames Valley Buses brand - but will be operated by Courtney Buses. For full information on routes and times for these services, please visit www.courtneybuses.com

Timetables should be available shortly – both we and Courtney Buses will announce via social media when they are available online.

current operator route summary
Courtney Buses 2 This route will be co-ordinated with route 10 to provide an even 30 minute frequency between Dedworth and Windsor and hourly on to Slough.
Thames Valley Buses 4 This service will now be run by First. 
Thames Valley Buses 5 Route 5 sees some very minor tweaks to the early morning journeys to improve reliability. 
Thames Valley Buses 6 This service will now be run by First. 
Courtney Buses 10/10A/10S

There will be a new hourly daytime service between Dedworth, Windsor, Datchet and Heathrow Airport which has been developed in partnership with Heathrow Airport. Route 10 will incorporate current route 11 to include additional early morning journeys to Heathrow.

Courtney Buses 11/11S Route 11 becomes part of route 10. The 11S is renumbered to 10S.
Courtney Buses 15 There will be minor early morning timetable changes on route 15 to improve reliability.

fares

As part of this merger of operations, we will be introducing new, great value, integrated single and return fares between common points on routes 2, 10, 15, 16/16A and Green Line 702/703.

Our popular Boost rates will also be introduced across the Thames Valley Buses routes, opening up cheaper fares for more young people aged 18 & under. 

There will be a new simplySlough&Windsor ticket zone for day and season tickets including Heathrow Airport (excluding LEGOLAND Windsor Resort). This will include simplified pricing for adult and Boost on all Thames Valley Buses routes 2,5,10,15 and Green Line 702/703. 

Full information on fares will appear here and on the Courtney Buses website. 

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