Reading Buses let the cat out of the bag today when it revealed its Leopard Service is just a whisker away from pouncing into action.
The new number three service will provide regular links between Reading and Arborfield Garrison - running every 20 minutes - with one bus an hour extending into Wokingham.
Marketing manager Jake Osman is 'feline' upbeat about the new service, which will be powered by bio-methane gas.
He said: “We are confident the new leopard three service is sure to catch attention with its striking bold look and name. Reading Buses is investing £1.3million in these new buses and a team of 15 volunteers is being brought together to drive them.
“And we are hoping the old saying a leopard never changes its spots will actually be true of our leopard - that it will make a great leap forward in quick time and this will be sustainable.”
The Leopard Service sees the reintroduction of evening buses between Reading and Arborfield, with the last bus from Reading town centre leaving at 10.55pm between Monday-Saturday. On Sundays buses will run every half an hour.
To mark the launch of the service on Monday, June 16, the company has announced a Leopard 7 Day ticket, which will give commuters a week’s unlimited travel on leopard buses for £18.