Arriva London refreshing the customer experience
A London bus can have an average life of 12 years and a mid-life refresh is an important part of maintaining the customer experience. A programme to refurbish fifty of Arriva London’s double-deck Enviro 400 fleet is currently underway. Each vehicle is completely stripped and the interior replaced with new seats, upholstery and trim. All exterior advertising is removed and the bus re-sprayed to bring it back to an ‘as new’ spec.
The programme represents an investment of £600,000 and is on target for completion by the end of December. The buses are for route 466 (Old Coulsdon – Addington) in South London and route 102 (Edmonton Green – Brent Cross) in North London.
A specific change to the vehicles, in response to passengers concern and changes in Disability Discrimination Act legislation, is an increase of nearly 50% to the wheelchair areas, making it easier for the driver to accommodate both passengers with disabilities and families with buggies.
Ian Warr, Engineering Director of Arriva London said:
“This is just the start of our investment, and we are also recruiting significantly to our engineering departments, to improve the reliability and presentation of our buses.”
Published : Thu 31st Mar. 2016 - Wed 4th May. 2016
Last October, Arriva London was awarded the contract to run route 368 from Barking, Harts Lane Estate, to Wangey Road in Chadwell Heath, for five years starting from the 30th April 2016.
The M.A.D (Making a Difference) awards are an annual national event in Arriva’s calendar. The idea is to recognise members of staff that are passionate in what they do, and regularly go the extra mile to provide the best possible customer experience, whether an engineer, a member of the support staff or a driver.
Arriva London’s Dartford garage was recently the venue for a continuation of a TfL initiative, inviting disability awareness groups to Arriva London garages, for open discussions about the difficulties of travelling on London buses for people with disabilities.
A new idea to turn older diesel engine buses into much more environmentally friendly vehicles has been developed. The basic idea behind the unit, is that the old diesel unit that currently drives the wheels is removed, and a retrofit diesel/electric hybrid is fitted.
Arriva London is always happy to try and accommodate our customers’ requirements, so we were delighted to receive this thank you note from ten-year-old Jeremy, following his visit with his parents to Arriva’s Grays garage yesterday.
At Arriva London, we are always interested in unusual requests for the use of our fleet, and are regular suppliers of buses to accommodate rail replacement work. However, we are pleased to announce that we have been able to satisfy a more unusual request for the use of one of our Heritage Fleet buses as the temporary ticket office for a miniature railway station in Kent.