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 : Thu 28th Sep. 2017 - Fri 10th Nov. 2017
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.
Preparations are complete for our display entry in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday. The Arriva London theme again this year is to celebrate the enormous contribution our staff make to charities through the Payroll Giving scheme. With over 1,000 staff supporting over 160 charities every week, and over £1,000,000 having been given in the last five years.
The buses, which were recently on display on the South Bank opposite the Houses of Parliament, will be seen throughout London and the City until November 12th, as a mark of respect for the sacrifices made by London’s service men and women, past and present.
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Last week, Arriva London were invited to take part in the Older People’s Celebration Week across Barking and Dagenham.
When our garage staff asked if they could support this year's Macmillan Coffee Morning, we were delighted to encourage them to do so.