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”
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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.