Festive and New Year celebrations with Arriva’s Heritage Fleet
To start the year in a positive way and finish off the celebrations for the Year of the Bus, Arriva London’s Heritage Fleet RMC 1464 ‘The Open Topper’ was invited to join the New Year’s Day celebration parade through the streets of London. Mayor’s from various London Boroughs were riding on the top deck and gave a hearty greeting to all of the crowds.
Also in the parade accompanying this prime example of London’s Transport History, was one of Arriva’s most modern buses, the all electric ‘emission free’ single deck Optare MetroCity bus, which together with an identical vehicle have been running a test service in conjunction with TfL on route 312 between South Croydon and Norwood Junction.
These new electric buses are the latest addition to Europe’s greenest bus fleet and will increase TfL’s and Arriva London’s experience and understanding of this relatively new technology.
The celebrations over the festive period were further enhanced with the use of another of The Heritage Fleet RML 901 for the wedding of Mr and Mrs Watson-Horsewood, who had booked the bus to transport their guests to their wedding reception.
As a delighted Emma said:-
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help with supplying a Routemaster for our wedding. It was a fabulous experience and everyone is still talking about it. I had kept the bus a surprise from our guests and their faces said it all as they rounded the corner and saw it waiting for them. Our Bus crew were very friendly and professional and we couldn't have asked for more”
If you would like to experience the fun and excitement of our Heritage Fleet, please check out our web-site.
Published : Fri 10th Nov. 2017 - Wed 20th Dec. 2017
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.
Arriva London scooped three awards at the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards held in November.
Arriva London collected three prestigious awards at the UK Bus Awards held at the historic Troxy cinema venue in Limehouse, East London.
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.