Arriva London features buses from two different eras in the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Show to support Payroll Giving
Despite the pouring rain, the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Show was just as amazing and exciting as all of the others that Arriva London has been involved with over the years. That was due not only to the historical tradition that the whole ceremony invokes, but particularly to the enthusiasm and humour that the participating Arriva London staff brought to the show.
For the past few years, Arriva London’s presence has been represented by the company’s Heritage Fleet open-top Routemaster RMC 1464, surrounded by proud staff marching in the parade, all of whom are Payroll Givers. But this year, in view of the company winning the Charity Aids Foundation Platinum Award, Arriva London painted a current hybrid double-decker bus (HV 64) platinum to celebrate; it seemed the right thing to do to have this bus in the parade as well.
Every Arriva London Payroll Giving participant had been invited to take part, having had their names drawn from the 1,000 Payroll Givers register. From the feedback, each of the participants said they enjoyed a fantastic day out, and were proud to have been a part of a day they will never forget.
Since 1215, every newly-elected Lord Mayor has been required to travel through the winding mediaeval streets of the City of London to Westminster, to swear loyalty to the Crown. Over the centuries, this journey has become a much loved fixture in the national cultural calendar, with hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets and millions more watching the 6,500-strong procession on TV. This is the Lord Mayor’s Show.
This year’s pageant included 180 horses, 164 vehicles (including the two Arriva London buses), jazz bands, steam engines, fire engines, a pea harvester, sports cars, tractors, and even a float with Blackpool Tower and another featuring a tank.
The two Arriva London buses had been beautifully prepared by their respective garages: Palmers Green (HV 64) and Norwood (RMC 1464). The open-top RMC 1464 was also adorned with graphic panels in the lower floor windows, illustrating quotes from participants as to which charities they give to and their personal reasons for doing so. Many participants carried paddle sticks with the supported charity names, and both buses sported large helium filled balloons, with the Arriva and PGA logos.
Our next charitable outing with RMC 1464 will be for #Giving Tuesday on 29th November, where we will be visiting various charities in London and bringing together our Payroll Givers with representatives of the charities they support. Watch out for us on the day and come up and say "hi".
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Published : Thu 16th Nov. 2017 - Fri 12th Jan. 2018
Going to school is something we all had to do, but going to school with a red London double-decker bus, and letting four classes from year one come on board to ask questions about the bus, is a privilege we experienced this week at Newbury Park Primary School in North East London.
Last June, Arriva London was delighted to have been re-awarded the TfL contract to run route W6 (Edmonton Green – Southgate Station) for a further five years, starting in January 2018 with brand new buses.
As the festive season approaches, we all look forward to the good-will of giving and receiving, and this was truly illustrated last week when members of our staff made a tour of London, on our open top bus, to meet representatives of some of their charities they give to through their Payroll Giving and celebrate #GivingTuesday.
Arriva London scooped three awards at the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards held in November.
Arriva London collected three prestigious awards at the UK Bus Awards held at the historic Troxy cinema venue in Limehouse, East London.
This year’s Lord Mayor’s Show, on 11th November, was an amazing cause for celebration, not only to welcome in the new Lord Mayor, but also to celebrate another year of Platinum giving by our wonderfully generous Payroll Givers.