Arriva London supports TfL Youth Travel Ambassadors programme
Arriva London supports local communities in many ways, so when asked to be involved in this project for yet another year, the decision was an easy one. Transport for London’s Youth Travel Ambassadors (YTA) programme is a London-wide project, involving over 120 local schools, borough councils & TfL, to help increase active travel, improve behaviour and increase safety for the 11 – 18 age group.
Arriva London supplied a double-decker bus and a bus driver (Andrew Vellosa) to be used in a video being made by Wren Academy, Barnet. The students, from years 9 & 10, researched and designed their own unique campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour and driver – student relations on their local buses. They originally pitched their idea, along with other schools, at the YTA Dragon’s Den, where they won and were awarded £250 seed funding to get their project started.
Their idea was to contrast passenger experience on a school bus journey in the 1950s with the present day, demonstrating anti-social behaviour and how to deal with it.
They filmed at various locations, including a public bus stop and Routemaster bus RM 1 at the London Transport Museum.
Once shooting had finished, we were asked to participate in a question & answer session with the students. Wren Academy Office Manager, Maria Bigg, said the school had been working on the YTA project for two years and that they were only the second group to participate.
The whole project was completely student-led, requiring them to take charge of scriptwriting, storyboarding, camera work and video editing.
The finished video will be used in assemblies, citizenship workshops and will feature on the TfL YTA YouTube channel, as well as being shared with local drivers who work their route. Also, the video will be published on the school web-site and shown to all year 7 students when they join the school.
There will be an exhibition at the London Transport Museum where all schools involved in the YTA programme will present their projects.
Michael Kitchen, TfL Youth Travel Ambassador Coordinator, said:
"Arriva have been very accommodating, providing us with a double-decker bus and a driver which really brings the project to life. It’s important for students to see what goes on behind the scenes, to get a deeper understanding of what drivers deal with on a daily basis. We are very grateful for their support."
For further information on the YTA programme, please click here.
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.