Historian Michael Foster has always been interested in the development of bus transport in London – in fact he wrote a thesis on it for his masters degree – so now that he’s a controller for Arriva he’s in his element.
“My wife tells me she’s never seen me so enthusiastic about work,” says Michael, who, before joining the company in November 2008, was a history teacher for 11 years.
Now enjoying the challenging of thinking on his feet all the time, Michael says he’s still learning every day and his confidence is building.
“Changing careers was a difficult decision to make, but I know that I’ve made the right decision. My colleagues have been brilliant – very helpful indeed – and I’ve gained so much experience already that it feels like I’ve been doing the job for much longer than I have,” said Michael.
Published : Thu 2nd Nov. 2017 - Thu 16th Nov. 2017
This year’s Lord Mayor’s Show, on 11th November, was an amazing cause for celebration, not only to welcome in the new Lord Mayor, but also to celebrate another year of Platinum giving by our wonderfully generous Payroll Givers.
This is a full time position in the Recruitment & Training departments of north and south London. Whilst predominantly based at Watson’s Road, Wood Green, the successful candidate will, on occasions, be required to visit and support the south London team based at Thornton Heath garage.
Route 175 operates with 16 double-deck vehicles from our Barking garage, with a twelve-minute frequency during the day. Route 103 operates from our Grays garage with 14 buses, with an eight-minute daytime frequency.
Preparations are complete for our display entry in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday. The Arriva London theme again this year is to celebrate the enormous contribution our staff make to charities through the Payroll Giving scheme. With over 1,000 staff supporting over 160 charities every week, and over £1,000,000 having been given in the last five years.
The buses, which were recently on display on the South Bank opposite the Houses of Parliament, will be seen throughout London and the City until November 12th, as a mark of respect for the sacrifices made by London’s service men and women, past and present.