Arriva Heritage Fleet bus says farewell to Dungeness after two month tour of duty
The famous Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, which has a station at Dungeness, has been using Arriva London’s Heritage Fleet RML 2360 Routemaster bus as a temporary ticket office and shop while an extensive refurbishment programme for the permanent ticket office, shop and cafeteria has been undertaken at the station.
The bus started this duty at the beginning of April and has been successfully fulfilling the role until this last May Bank Holiday weekend, when the new facilities were finished and ready for use, and the vintage bus returned to its home base at Norwood in South London.
As the bus has no seats on the lower deck and has been wired with 230 volt mains sockets around the bus, it was ideal for the task, giving the railway staff plenty of room to set up their tills and merchandise for the visitors to buy tickets and memorabilia.
It also helped being a bright red iconic London bus, acting as a beacon to guide visitors to the station in this very open space by the sea.
David, the station master at Dungeness amongst his many duties, was very pleased to have the bus to fill-in while the refurbishment was taking place, he said: -
“It’s been a very interesting experience using the bus as a ticket office and shop. We’re very grateful that we got the use of the bus. We’ve brought back a lot of memories for a lot of people.”
Jade Ashton, the marketing manager for the railway, said: -
“The bus has done a really good job and has been especially popular with children, who have loved watching the trains coming in the distance from the top deck. We will miss seeing her here; thanks again to Arriva London.”
If you, your company, or your family and friends would be interested in hiring any of the Arriva Heritage Fleet for an event or a celebration, please click here.
If you happen to be at this week’s Epson Derby race meeting, then you can see some of the other buses in the fleet on duty on both Ladies day and Derby day.
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’.