Arriva London’s Tottenham garage welcomes TfL graduate trainees
Arriva London believes that training is the key to success and is always willing to help other organisations, particularly in the transport industry, to help train their staff. A recent request from TfL to show two groups of graduate trainees the rudiments of running a bus garage was no exception, and Arriva London’s Tottenham garage was chosen to host the visitors.
The Tottenham garage has all of the facilities needed to run modern bus routes, with the operations management to support the drivers, the engineering facilities to service and maintain the vehicles, and its own iBus Control Centre to regulate bus services, it is ideally suited to demonstrate the role.
The graduates were shown around the garage by operations manager Gary Smith, giving them an insight into how the garage runs, how the training is carried out, and how it fits into TfL as a whole.
First they visited the ‘Output’ the centre of communications for all of the drivers, where each driver signs in for their duty and receives details of their designated bus.
They then saw the Engineering pit areas, illustrating the engineering function, then onto the inside of the bus, demonstrating the safety checks drivers have to make on and around the bus before going into service.
Finally they visited the iBus control centre, the heartbeat of the routes, where controllers can see exactly where each vehicle is on the route, and be in touch to guide the driver safely and efficiently through the journey.
The graduates said they found it fascinating and had no idea how complex the operation was until seeing it for themselves.
Published : Thu 6th Apr. 2017 - Thu 11th May. 2017
Vintage bus parade at Victoria Bus Station to mark the 70th anniversary of the first post-war RT bus features an Arriva route
To mark the 70th anniversary of the first post-war RT bus, there was a parade of vintage buses at Victoria Bus Station on Wednesday morning.
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.