Arriva London refreshing the customer experience
A London bus can have an average life of 12 years and a mid-life refresh is an important part of maintaining the customer experience. A programme to refurbish fifty of Arriva London’s double-deck Enviro 400 fleet is currently underway. Each vehicle is completely stripped and the interior replaced with new seats, upholstery and trim. All exterior advertising is removed and the bus re-sprayed to bring it back to an ‘as new’ spec.
The programme represents an investment of £600,000 and is on target for completion by the end of December. The buses are for route 466 (Old Coulsdon – Addington) in South London and route 102 (Edmonton Green – Brent Cross) in North London.
A specific change to the vehicles, in response to passengers concern and changes in Disability Discrimination Act legislation, is an increase of nearly 50% to the wheelchair areas, making it easier for the driver to accommodate both passengers with disabilities and families with buggies.
Ian Warr, Engineering Director of Arriva London said:
“This is just the start of our investment, and we are also recruiting significantly to our engineering departments, to improve the reliability and presentation of our buses.”
Published : Thu 30th Mar. 2017 - Wed 10th May. 2017
The visit had been organised following Leon meeting Enfield bus driver Malkiat Birdi, whilst he was attending the TfL initiative for drivers called Hello London.
Making the capital’s buses as simple to use as the London Underground is a new initiative being trialled on seven London bus routes, including Arriva London routes 150 and 128.
In association with TfL and HCT Transport, we opened our doors to welcome the public, giving them the opportunity to explore the garage, meet our operations teams, ride on a bus through the bus wash, tour our operations control centres and see & ride on some historic preserved buses.
Our recent route gains in North London include route 19, from Finsbury Park to Battersea Bridge (South Side), which has meant implementing an extensive mobilisation programme to maintain our high standards.
One of the most important elements in Arriva London’s development is the training and education it offers its staff, from engineering apprentices to graduate trainees, everyone in the business is offered the opportunity to develop and flourish.
The introduction of all new Hybrid vehicles on route 249, which Arriva London starts operating this Saturday, underlines one of our key brand values - ‘Great customer experience - We keep our customers happy every day’.