The Arriva Heritage Fleet
On 9 December 2005 Arriva operated London’s last regular Routemaster in service on route 159. Since then we have established ‘The Arriva Heritage Fleet’ to ensure that these much loved vehicles can be available for hire and still be seen in and around the UK.
To hire one (or more!) of our fleet, please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, if you would like to discuss your specific requirements with us, please call our Commercial department on 020 8271 3411 during regular business hours.
The operational and engineering expertise within Arriva London is the foundation to keeping these buses smart and serviceable. We are keen for organisations to work with us and support the initiative. This could be through advertising or sponsorship of a vehicle. The opportunities to hire are extensive and taking a 50 year old bus across Europe has shown that no challenge is too great!
For the last seven years, for one day each year, a full bus service, route 23A, has been laid on to an abandoned village in the middle of Salisbury Plain.
The first production Routemaster introduced in June 1959. This vehicle has been restored to near original condition.
The second production Routemaster made famous by its Gold livery retained since the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations in 2002.
New to London Transport in December 1961, RML 901 was one of the first batch (a total of 24 vehicles) of 30 foot Routemasters coded RML, (with the L standing for Long or Lengthened).
London's last production standard Routemaster and operated London’s last Routemaster journey on route 159.
Introduced in 1962 to replace Trolleybuses, this vehicle was restored in late 2009 / early 2010.
The first production Green Line Routemaster coach introduced in 1962.
Open top Routemaster with platform door. This vehicle has been used in many celebration parades.
In addition to the other buses, RML 2360 belonging to London's Transport Museum is currently being looked after as part of the fleet.
Published : Fri 21st Nov 2014 - Thu 7th May 2015
Arriva London were invited to The Crescent Primary School in Selhurst, a suburb of Croydon, to show some young school children what it’s like to ride on a big red double decker bus.
Pupils of St. Joseph’s RC Infant & Nursery School, Upper Norwood, decided to contact Arriva London’s Norwood Garage to ask for a little help.
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.
Arriva’s Heritage Fleet bus assists award winning Chef Tom Kerridge to switch on Marlow’s Christmas Lights
One of the great things about this time of year for Arriva’s Heritage Fleet, is all the exciting and fun celebrations they get involved with.