It’s brand new maintenance pits for Arriva London
We are always looking at ways of developing better methods of serving our customers and helping our staff to do their jobs effectively. A most important part of this is to ensure that all of our buses are fully serviceable and ready at all times to go out on the route.
With this in mind the company has initiated an investment programme to improve engineering facilities, starting with upgrading the vehicle maintenance pits in both Tottenham and Stamford Hill garages in North London.
The upgrade has been carried out over several months as it can be a major upheaval for the garages while day to day operations carry on. The work involves removing the old concrete pits and replacing them with steel pre-fabricated versions. The pits are deeper than the older versions, which were installed when the garages were built over fifty years ago, and were designed for the higher floor, step access buses of the time.
Apart from providing more space to work, the new pits are better illuminated and with the steel side walls painted gloss white, give much better reflective surfaces that are also far easier to maintain. They have also been extended to accommodate the increased length of the New Routemaster buses now in service on routes 73 and 149.
The transition has meant that the garages have had to share their servicing work with Arriva London’s Engineering facility at Edmonton, but as Charlotte Whitfield, the General Manager for Tottenham and Stamford Hill, said:-
“Thanks to all of our staff and our colleagues’ cooperation, the transition has run really smoothly and none of the routes served by these garages have been effected by the change. We are very proud of our new engineering facilities and look forward to the improvements they will bring to service delivery in London”
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.