New Routemaster bus on Arriva London’s 24 hour route 149
Since the introduction of the first New Routemaster buses on its route 38 in February 2012, Arriva London has been preparing for many more to appear on other routes it operates.
May 2015 saw these iconic buses commence their life on route 73 (Stoke Newington to Victoria) and today it was the turn of Tottenham garage's route 149, running from Edmonton Green to London Bridge, where it will see a total of 38 buses introduced to the route over the coming weeks.
Having made their way from Wrightbus in Northern Ireland, to Arriva’s London's Edmonton garage, they received their pre-service inspection checks and were prepared for going into service.
Arriva London now operates the New Routemaster on four of its routes - 38 (Clapton Pond to Victoria), 137 (Streatham Hill to Oxford Circus), 73 and now route 149.
Tottenham driver Robert Stephen, who was the first to drive the New Routemaster on route 149 said, “I am so excited to be the first to drive this bus in service. This is a nice bus; it is very smooth and is comfortable to drive. It's my baby for the day. I am sure our customers will enjoy travelling on them."
Another driver, Ali Haider, on arriving at London Bridge said, “That was brilliant, what a lovely bus.”
“This is a comfortable bus”, said Clive Witter, “The drivers’ cab area is very nice and it gives such a good ride to our passengers.”
Ceylan Nourettin – “The brakes are nice and it’s a very smooth bus. Our passengers will enjoy travelling on this vehicle.”
If you’d like to be part of the Arriva London driving team and have the chance to drive one of Arriva’s New Routemaster buses, then why not fill in an application form and get on board.
Published : Thu 23rd Jun. 2016 - Fri 15th Jul. 2016
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