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Thames Travel

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Thames Travel1 is a bus operator based in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England It is a subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group


  • 1 History
  • 2 Fleet
  • 3 Depots
  • 4 Notable incidents
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


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 20012 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 Group34


As of May 2015, the fleet consisted of 52 buses5 The fleet is numbered in the Oxford Bus Company series6

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


Depots are located in Wallingford and Oxford, with outstations in Reading

Notable incidentsedit

Thames Travel vehicles have been involved in three major accidents, widely reported in the local media 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 vehicles7 The two brothers arrested after the incident were charged and jailed for a total of 15 years for the accident8

The second accident, on 28 January 2008, involved an MCV Evolution bodied MAN 14220 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 injured9

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 injured10

See alsoedit

  • List of bus companies in the United Kingdom


  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 busandcoachcom 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
  10. ^ "BBC News - Bus crash on A4074 in Oxfordshire leaves four injured" Accessed 8 December 2014

External linksedit

  • Company website
  • Showbus gallery

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