Bus garage celebrates 100 years of dedicated service
There was cause for celebration on Wednesday (March 11) as staff at Arriva London’s Norwood garage commemorated 100 years serving the community from the Ernest Avenue site.
To mark the occasion staff planted a centenary garden at the front of the garage and are also displaying a pictorial history of the site in the garage foyer.
To give locals a trip down memory lane, two Routemaster buses from the Arriva Heritage Fleet made special journeys between Norwood and Brixton.
No birthday could pass without a cake so staff held a cake baking competition. Following the judging the cakes were cut and sold in the staff canteen with the proceeds going to local charities, Demelza House Children’s Hospice and St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham.
Operating manager, Ken Robinson said: “We couldn’t let the date pass without marking the occasion somehow. Our garage is a focal point in the area and staff past and present have enjoyed the celebrations.”
Mike Weston, Operations Director for London Buses said: “Norwood bus garage has been an integral part of the local community for a century, providing vital transport links to locations throughout south and central London, as well as employment for generations of local people. As such, the centenary of the garage marks an important milestone in the history of the local area.”
The site of the current Norwood garage, which is situated at the corner of Ernest Avenue and Knights Hill in Norwood, was first opened in 1909 by the London General Omnibus Company and marked the start of the heyday of buses.
In 1981 the garage underwent complete reconstruction, with the buses and employees being transferred to the reopened Clapham garage until 1984 when the current building opened.
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Reporting to the Purchasing, Stores and Administration Manager, this vacancy is for an experienced Storekeeper with Administrative experience, based at our Grays garage. You will support the garage team by ensuring an efficient supply of vehicle parts for the maintenance teams. This role is a 6 to 12 month maternity cover contract.
We currently have a vacancy for a Garage Supervisor in Enfield.
This is a key role within the organisation and the work is wide ranging, interesting and vital to the smooth running of the garage and its performance.
As the festive season approaches, we all look forward to the good-will of giving and receiving, and this was truly illustrated last week when members of our staff made a tour of London, on our open top bus, to meet representatives of some of their charities they give to through their Payroll Giving and celebrate #GivingTuesday.
Arriva London scooped three awards at the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards held in November.