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 : Wed 6th Dec. 2017 - Wed 7th Feb. 2018
As part of our commitment to developing our business, we invest heavily in training for all of our staff to offer the great customer experience. We also look at other ways in which we can develop our relationships with the communities we serve, and allow them the opportunity of learning about our processes and to meet some of the team.
Over the past few months we have been working with TfL, conducting Accessibility Awareness forums at our garages.
Doing the right thing, one of our four brand values, is what we have been doing for the last six years by encouraging all of our employees to give to their favourite charities through our Payroll Giving scheme - during this time, they have given more than £1,000,000 pounds to over 160 charities.
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.