Arriva London’s Tottenham garage welcomes TfL graduate trainees


Explaining the inspection process before going into service
Explaining the inspection process before going into service

​Arriva London believes that training is the key to success and is always willing to help other organisations, particularly in the transport industry, to help train their staff. A recent request from TfL to show two groups of graduate trainees the rudiments of running a bus garage was no exception, and Arriva London’s Tottenham garage was chosen to host the visitors.

The Tottenham garage has all of the facilities needed to run modern bus routes, with the operations management to support the drivers, the engineering facilities to service and maintain the vehicles, and its own iBus Control Centre to regulate bus services, it is ideally suited to demonstrate the role.

Gary introduces the engineering facilities
Gary introduces the engineering facilities

The graduates were shown around the garage by operations manager Gary Smith, giving them an insight into how the garage runs, how the training is carried out, and how it fits into TfL as a whole.

Operating manager Gary Smith welcomes the graduate trainees
Operating manager Gary Smith welcomes the graduate trainees

First they visited the ‘Output’ the centre of communications for all of the drivers, where each driver signs in for their duty and receives details of their designated bus.

They then saw the Engineering pit areas, illustrating the engineering function, then onto the inside of the bus, demonstrating the safety checks drivers have to make on and around the bus before going into service.

Arriva's iBus control system

Arriva's iBus control system

Finally they visited the iBus control centre, the heartbeat of the routes, where controllers can see exactly where each vehicle is on the route, and be in touch to guide the driver safely and efficiently through the journey.

The graduates said they found it fascinating and had no idea how complex the operation was until seeing it for themselves.


Tags:   Newsgraduatetraining
Published : Tue 22nd Sep. 2015
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