Arriva London introduces stylish new enviro friendly buses on Route 78
Back in September, Arriva London proudly announced that they would be the first operator in London to deliver a bus service using the brand new Enviro 400H City double-decker bus.
This week saw the delivery of that promise, with the introduction of the new buses on route 78 from Shoreditch to Nunhead, a route that Arriva London has recently retained to run on behalf of TfL for a further five years.
Peter Batty, Commercial Director at Arriva London was delighted to say:
“The new look bus is stunning and brings together a whole range of passenger and driver advantages, including a wrap-around windscreen and glazed stairwell. We are delighted to be the first operator in London to introduce them on route 78, and now they are in service see their full potential.”
The bus is the same length as the New Routemaster, but slightly wider, and with increased head room on the upper deck, allows for more comfortable movement when taking or leaving seats.
The 10.4m long, two-door bus, is capable of carrying ninety passengers and is the continuation of the introduction of environmentally friendly buses in London , representing a further evolution of hybrid electric buses, giving greater fuel economy and reduced emissions.
Although the Enviro 400H City has some similar lines to the New Routemaster, it has also some distinctive styling of its own, particularly on the upper deck, with the panoramic window at the rear offering an excellent view for passengers.
Despite only having driven the bus during training to familiarise himself with the vehicle and for a day in service, Arriva London driver Mohammad was full of praise for his new charge.
“They’re very nice, I really like it. It’s very smooth, the braking is nice, the windscreen and mirrors are big and it’s hybrid and environmentally friendly, I feel great to be part of it.”
There are currently five buses on the route, but there will be a total of nineteen introduced over the next few weeks. Once you have taken a ride on the new bus, please let us know your thoughts.
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Published : Thu 5th Oct. 2017 - Thu 16th Nov. 2017
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.
Route 175 operates with 16 double-deck vehicles from our Barking garage, with a twelve-minute frequency during the day. Route 103 operates from our Grays garage with 14 buses, with an eight-minute daytime frequency.
Preparations are complete for our display entry in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday. The Arriva London theme again this year is to celebrate the enormous contribution our staff make to charities through the Payroll Giving scheme. With over 1,000 staff supporting over 160 charities every week, and over £1,000,000 having been given in the last five years.
The buses, which were recently on display on the South Bank opposite the Houses of Parliament, will be seen throughout London and the City until November 12th, as a mark of respect for the sacrifices made by London’s service men and women, past and present.
Arriva London are proud, once again, to be the providers of the mode of transport to deliver London’s most original gastronomic road trip - the London restaurant festival’s Champagne Gourmet Odyssey.
Last week, Arriva London were invited to take part in the Older People’s Celebration Week across Barking and Dagenham.