Arriva London adds four more garages to its business
Arriva London’s knowledge of operating exclusively Transport for London (TfL) contracts is the catalyst for change to realign all TfL work under one management team and bring a consistent standard of service delivery. Arriva’s ‘red bus’ operations at Watford, Dartford, Grays and Heathrow are now moving across to be part of an enlarged Arriva London.
Arriva London’s managing director Bob Scowen explained that bringing Transport for London work under the control of Arriva London made good business sense, because of the experience it had acquired in carrying out such work.
“We know about running Transport for London contracts,” said Bob. We are specialists in a contract tendering business and it is through that strength that we will further improve upon the routes operating from Dartford, Grays, Heathrow and Watford”.
The re-organisation coincides with two major routes won following competitive tendering at Dartford garage in January. These are route 229 with 23 new Enviro 400s, running from Thamesmead to Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, and Route 469, which links Erith with Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital in Woolwich.
As well as winning these two new routes, Dartford also retained three others. These are route 492, which provides a service between Bluewater and Sidcup train station, B12, operating from Erith to Joydens Wood, and route B13, which links Bexley with New Eltham. Route 492 is operating with new Enviro 400 buses, B12 with refurbished Enviro 200 buses and new MMC Enviro 200 buses have been introduced on the B13.
“We’ve just finished a major recruitment campaign as we needed around 75 drivers for routes 229 and 469” said Dartford’s general manager, Graham Wykes. “We have recruited locally and through an agency, which took on drivers from Eastern Europe and they have settled in very well”.
Watford has been successful in its bid to retain one of its most important services. Route 340, which operates from Edgware to Harrow, is renewed on a five-year contract until September 2021. General manager Mary Lowrey said:
“To bid successfully for such an important tender is excellent news. We took over route 340 in 1990, when it was a low frequency route. By 2002, the buses were running every 12 minutes, which is testament to the growth and popularity of the service.”
As part of the new contract, Garston garage, as it is known locally, will be taking on a fleet of new vehicles. Performance manager Barrie Godfrey said:
“We are looking forward to getting the new Wright Streetdecks. Our drivers have worked extremely hard to help retain the contract and we are all committed to delivering an excellent service”.
Peter Batty, Commercial Director welcomed the new garages into the London and said, ‘The four new sites operate more than 20 TfL route contracts and represent over 10% of Arriva’s London TfL operation and we hope that through our shared expertise these sites can be a platform for growth in areas of London where passenger transport demand is forecast to increase”.
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’.