Seating capacity : 64(36 upstairs, 28 downstairs)
Year : 1965
London's last production standard Routemaster and operated London’s last Routemaster journey on route 159.
Now famous for its two ‘lasts’ – the first being the last standard Routemaster built in May 1965, the second being the bus to operate the last scheduled journey on route 159 on 8 December 2005 on the last day of traditional Routemaster operation.
That last day must have seemed a long way off when the bus started work at Willesden in September 1965 replacing RTWs on route 46.
The bus stayed at Willesden for just over 5 years before moves to Stonebridge and Stockwell followed by its first Aldenham Works overhaul in May 1972. After a brief spell at Walthamstow the bus spent nearly 7 years at Battersea working on central London routes 22 and 31. After its second overhaul in 1979 the bus moved to Brixton where it would end its London service over 25 years later.
However before that last day there were a few surprises. The most exciting being in October 2004 when the outside was painted purple and vinyl used to create the ‘triple decker’ Knight bus to promote a Harry Potter film. In November a UK tour followed.
The bus also had two engine changes with an Iveco one fitted in 1991 and a Cummins B series Euro 2 in August 2001, at the same time gaining an Allison gearbox and Telma electrical retarder.
After its fame with Harry Potter, work started in June 2005 on preparing it for the last Routemaster day. Norwood garage staff took on the task and the excellent standard of their workmanship can be seen in the condition of the vehicle today.
Published : Thu 5th Oct. 2017 - Thu 16th Nov. 2017
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.
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.
Arriva London are proud, once again, to be the providers of the mode of transport to deliver London’s most original gastronomic road trip - the London restaurant festival’s Champagne Gourmet Odyssey.
Last week, Arriva London were invited to take part in the Older People’s Celebration Week across Barking and Dagenham.