Arriva London gears up for more New Routemasters
Arriva London, the first bus company to introduce the New Routemaster for TfL on route 38 in February 2012, has been gearing up for the introduction of New Routemasters (NRMs) on its route 73, running from Stoke Newington to Victoria out of its Stamford Hill garage.
The new buses were initially delivered from Wrightbus in Northern Ireland to Arriva’s North London Edmonton garage, where they were checked and prepared for going into service.
Arriva London now operates the New Routemaster on three of its routes - 38, 73 & route 137 which runs from Streatham Hill to Oxford Circus from Arriva’s Brixton garage, with 35 in service.
A total of 122 NRMs are now in the fleet, with 67 on route 38. There are currently 20 NRMs operating on route 73 with more to be introduced over the summer months bringing the total to 61. They continue to prove very popular with staff and customers alike.
Here are a few comments from some of our drivers:
Oswald Reisinger, a new Brixton driver on the 137, said:-
“I like the bus very much, it’s very good to drive. It’s a big bus so you can fit in a lot of people. Tourists like it very much, it’s a symbol of London and they take a lot of photos of it.”
Shirley, a Clapton driver on the route 38, who before joining Arriva five years ago was a customer service manager, said:-
“I love them, they’re a joy to drive, they’re progressive, they’re the future, I just enjoy driving them and the passengers love them too”
Joseph Duah, who has just started driving the New Routemaster on Route 73 and also likes the design of the bus, says:-
“The front is lovely, because it’s got this airy look to it, which as a driver makes it a lot easier as you can see all around. I’ve been driving the bus and it’s a very smooth bus, it glides off very smoothly, and I’ve also noticed when the passengers come on, there’s a big smile in your face.”
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.