Thames Valley Traction Company

 Some jottings and pictures about this Reading-based bus company.

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 The Thames Valley covered quite a large area, from Aylesbury in the north to Basingstoke in the south, and Newbury in the west to Slough in the east.  It occured to me recently that there are still quite a few of their distinctive concrete post bus stops in use.  There are a number in the Mortimer/Padworth Common/Tadley  area, and here is one that is beginning to show signs of wear.  At St John's Church, Mortimer, it has a broken back and is leaning against the wall behind it. 

Just round the corner, though, at the next stop is a good example with little sign of wear and tear.

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The posts had metal reinforcement rods in them, and what often happens is that the post cracks letting in the rain, the metal corrodes and splits the post even more.


 In the Reading area I have seen several posts in Butts Hill Road, Woodley.  Further north in the Wycombe area some have been replaced recently, but here is one still standing in Kingsmead Road, Loudwater.  And there is one in Flackwell Heath about a mile away.

And there are some around Taplow and Cliveden, and several in Cookham Rise.


Here is a long disused post, actually in quite good condition apart from its serious lean backward!  It is on the Wokefield corner at Goddard's Green. It was served by a meagre eight buses a day on service 9A.

 

On the same day, 21st September 2009, here is an upright post with modern sign and timetable panel, standing guard over its bus shelter.  This is on the main A4 at Sonning Halt - a name that has been in bus timetables right up to the present day.  In 1963 served by TV services B, 1 and 28, it now looks after Arriva 850, the successor to the 28.

Going North, here is the stop at Peterley Corner, still serving the Great Missenden-High Wycombe buses, now services 45 and 48, previously Thames Valley service 27, which number is still on several flags on this route!


And finally a stop in Windsor Lane, Little Missenden.  The poles on both sides of the road still have their flags, but I cannot find a service stopping there now, with exception of school journeys.  Previously served by TV service 27A.

 

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Just don't get confused!  Thames Valley fringed with London Transport all down its eastern flank.  High Wycombe had a number of LT concrete posts, which have six sides instead of four, apart from the slightly fatter bottom two feet.  Here is an example outside the Nags Head in London Road, Great Missenden.