Thames Valley & Aldershot Omnibus Company Limited, Reading

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History

The passing of the Transport Act 1968 saw the formation of the National Bus Company and the merging of the Aldershot and District Traction Company Limited (A&D) and The Thames Valley Traction Company Limited (TV) to form Alder Valley (AV) on 1st January 1972. The company headquarters were established in Reading with the main maintenance centre at Aldershot. In June 1981 however, the decline in services saw the Reading site sold off and concentration of all work at Aldershot. January 1986 saw proposals for privatisation (the break-up of the National Bus Company) with the company split into two AV North and AV South. AV(N) operating as Berks Bucks Bus Co (Beeline) was sold Q Drive in January 1987, AV (S) to Frontsource Ltd in November 1987 who continued to operate as Alder Valley dropping the South until November 1988 when they too sold out to Q Drive. Thus the two companies were reunited. Cash flow problems caused many parts of the company to be sold off and in October 1992 Alder Valley, as an operating name, ceased to exist. Nowadays, the area of operation is shared by Arriva, First, Reading Buses and Stagecoach,.

Initially the combined fleet totalled 664 vehicles, primarily Bristols and Bedfords from TV with AEC and Dennis from A&D. Acute problems with serviceable vehicles in the early/mid 70s saw loans from no few than fifteen operators and numerous second-hand acquisitions from others to the extent that any type of vehicle in any livery was likely to appear in service. The Market Analysis Project (MAP) saw a vast reduction in vehicle requirements with a concentration on Bristol VRs for the double-decker fleet and Leyland Nationals for single-deckers. The mid 80s saw the inevitable influx of minibuses (Whippets).

Fleet numbering saw the entire stock renumbered in blocks, for example 101-200 reserved for Leyland Nationals, 900-999 Bristol VRs, etc.

Various colour schemes were considered before National dark red (officially Ribble Red) was adopted as the livery but following the implementation of NBC policy, Poppy Red was selected but not before Aldershot had purchased Leaf Green! The Whippets would see a return to A&D two-tone green and cream.

To eliminated duplication of service numbers the southern area were changed but the northern area remained largely unaffected until MAP.

LS's Operated

Fleet No Reg No In service Out Service Original Op Remarks 
201 HBL 83 Jan 72 1973 TV 681  
202 HBL 84 Jan 72 1973 TV 682  
203 HBL 85 Jan 72 1973 TV 683  
204 HBL 87 Jan 72 1973 TV 685  
206 JCY 996 Jan 72 1973 UW 1249  
207 SHN 728 Jan 72 1972 UAS BU38  
208 HMO 858 Jan 72   TV 712  
209 PNN 769 Jan 72   MD 200  
210 PHW 930 Jan 72   BT 2840  
211 HMO 863 Jan 72   TV 717
212 MAX 116 Jan 72 1974 R&W U1654  
213 MAX 117 Jan 72 Nov 73 R&W U1754  
214 MAX 118 Jan 72 Nov 73 R&W U1854  
215 MAX 119 Jan 72 Feb 74 R&W U1954  
216 MAX 121 Jan 72 Jul 74 R&W U2154  
217 MAX 122 Jan 72 Dec 73 R&W U2254  
218 MAX 123 Jan 72 Apr 79 R&W U2354  
219 MAX 125 Jan 72 Dec 73 R&W U2554  
220 MAX 126 Jan 72 Dec 73 R&W U2654  
221 MAX 127 Jan 72 Dec 73 R&W U2754  
222 MAX 128 Jan 72 Dec 73 R&W U2854  
223 KWN 794 Jan 72   UW 1263  
224 KWN 795 Jan 72   UW 1264  
225 XNU 415 Jan 72   MG 234  
226 XNU 416 Jan 72   MG 235  
227 HMO 868 Jan 72   TV 722  
228 HMO 870 Jan 72   TV 724  
229 959 ARA Jan 72   MG 245  
230 956 ARA Jan 72   MG 242  
231 957 ARA Jan 72   MG 243  
232 958 ARA Jan 72   MG 244  
233 960 ARA Jan 72   MG 246  
234 964 ARA Jan 72   MG 250  
235 966 ARA Jan 72   MG 252  
236 967 ARA Jan 72   MG 253   
237 961 ARA Jan 72   MG 247  
238 962 ARA Jan 72   MG 248  
239 963 ARA Jan 72   MG 249  
240 OCY 947 Jan 72   UW 107  
241 OCY 948 Jan 72   UW 108  

Fleetnames Used

bullet Alder Valley

Operating Depots

bullet Aldershot
bullet Alfresford
bullet Alton
bullet Basingstoke
bullet Baughurst
bullet Bracknell
bullet Cranleigh
bullet Ewhurst
bullet Fingest
bullet Guildford
bullet High Wycombe
bullet Hindhead
bullet Horsham
bullet Kingsclere
bullet Lambourn
bullet Maidenhead
bullet Newbury
bullet Odiham
bullet Petersfield
bullet Princes Risborough
bullet Reading
bullet Stokenchurch
bullet Winchester
bullet Working