Arriva London celebrating women in transport
The 2015 celebration of International Women’s Day has prompted Arriva London to talk to some of its female staff, and see how things have changed since their time with the company.
As you all know, last year was the centenary celebration of the beginning of the First World War, and TfL’s celebration of 100 years of women in transport. To continue that theme, there are some memorable facts over the years which have made significant changes to the way women have been employed, and recognised for their contribution to the transport industry, for example:-
- On June 6th 1915 Maida Vale underground station opened on the Bakerloo line and was the first underground station to be staffed entirely by women.
- On the 1st November 1915, Mrs G Dugan became the first women bus conductor in London on Route 37.
- In 1945 Waterloo Bridge was completed, largely built by women.
- In 1972, Yvonne Pope became the first woman to pilot a commercial jet liner.
- 1983 saw Helen Clifford become the first female bus mechanic.
- And in 2013, Shelia Holden was elected the first female president of CIHT (Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation).
At Arriva London we have always offered equal opportunities for all of our staff no matter what the role. We are proud of our record and look forward to enhancing it in the future.
As Diane Bromfield, a bus driving instructor at Arriva says in the video:-
“There’s always been opportunity for progression within the company, I became a driving instructor, but there are other roles like General manager, Engineering manager, Performance manager and Controller, so there are lots of avenues for progression within Arriva London”
Published : Thu 26th May. 2016 - Wed 29th Jun. 2016
The ethos behind Arriva London’s Heritage Fleet is to maintain a moving history of London, and to this effect buses from the fleet are often invited to prestigious days out to continue that theme.
Arriva London has recently been awarded the prestigious Platinum Award for Payroll Giving by the Charities Aid Foundation. The award is given to those organisations who have achieved twenty percent or more of their staff giving to charity through a Payroll Giving scheme.
There was a multitude of applications this year and the quality of entries was very high. The selection process for the judges was very difficult, but three Arriva London employees were successful.
At Arriva London we are always proud and amazed at the generosity and enthusiasm of our staff to get involved and give to charity, and none more so than three of our bus drivers, who recently completed a 100 kilometre cycle ride for three cancer charities.
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.
Youth Travel Ambassadors is a London-wide programme delivered in partnership with borough councils and Transport for London to increase active travel, improve behaviour and increase safety for the 11-18 age group.