Arriva London’s route 59 converts to New Routemasters
This week, Arriva London’s route 59 buses have started their conversion to New Routemasters.
On Tuesday, ten were brought into service on the route which runs from Streatham Hill to Kings Cross. The buses are based at Arriva London’s Brixton garage and when the conversion is complete, at the end of the first week in April, there will be 29 on the route.
Mark, one of the route 59 drivers said:-
“They’re really good to drive and I’m excited to have this opportunity. It’s a good day and I’m also looking forward to seeing the reaction of my passengers”.
This is the fifth Arriva London route to convert to New Routemasters and means that over fifteen percent of the Arriva London fleet are now running with these eco friendly vehicles. Arriva London was the operator of choice for the introduction of the New Routemasters on route 38 back in February 2012.
These state-of-the-art buses will carry 25,000 people on the route each week day. The buses will operate with the rear platform closed when the bus is moving, but will use all three sets of doors and two staircases at bus stops, allowing large numbers of passengers to quickly board and alight.
Patrick Sibley the Brixton General manager said:-
“We’re delighted to have new buses on route 59, with these and our route 137 buses it means that over half of Brixton’s fleet are now New Routemasters”.
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 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.