Great Customer Experience from Arriva London with the introduction of Route 249
One of Arriva London’s key brand values is ‘Great customer experience - We keep our customers happy every day’. The introduction of all new Hybrid vehicles on route 249, which Arriva London starts operating this Saturday, will underline this value. These vehicles use a combination of an ordinary diesel engine and an electric motor, and reduce emissions of local pollutants and CO2 by thirty percent compared to conventional buses.
As Patrick Sibley, Arriva London’s General Manager for Norwood and Brixton garages, said:-
“We are really excited that we have the opportunity of running these new buses on route 249, from Clapham Common to Anerley. There are 15 buses needed, including spares, but the peak vehicle requirement is 13 on the route with 45 drivers.
It’s been a very interesting programme bringing this route into service, as we have also been introducing the new Hybrids onto our route 2 at the same time. The combination will mean that by May we will have a total of 42 running out of Norwood”.
Many of the drivers are new recruits, with 11 drivers joining us from the previous operator. This has meant both ‘type’ training and route learning for everyone.
Ian Waro, the Assistant Engineering Manager for Norwood, said;-
“All the engineers are pleased with the new route and the new buses, as it means more work for us, which is always a good thing. Volvo came to our garage and carried out familiarisation training for the engineers. It’s slightly different to what we’re used to, with electric braking and steering systems. Some of the electrics are 600 volts, so we need to know how to isolate them correctly before we start working. The body has easy access panels, so it’s good to work on. We’re just finishing the pre-delivery checks at the moment before they go into service; all-round, a very nice Hybrid bus.”
If you’d like the opportunity to drive a new Hybrid bus for Arriva London, please go to our careers page and follow the bus driver’s link.
Published : Thu 30th Mar. 2017 - Wed 10th May. 2017
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.
The introduction of all new Hybrid vehicles on route 249, which Arriva London starts operating this Saturday, underlines one of our key brand values - ‘Great customer experience - We keep our customers happy every day’.