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Parent companyArriva
FoundedVarious
HeadquartersWood Green
Service areaGreater London
Service typeBus
HubsCroydon, Brixton, Norwood, Tottenham, Enfield, Wandsworth, Battersea
OperatorArriva Group
Web sitearrivalondon.com
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Arriva London is a division of Arriva which operates bus services in London, UK. Operations are split between two registered companies, Arriva London North and Arriva London South. Template:TOClimit

Company historyEdit

Arriva London was formed in January 1998, as it is made up from Grey Green, Leaside Buses (including Leaside Travel), South London Buses, Londonlinks and Kentish Bus operations.

Arriva London was previously the operator with the largest number of London Buses route contracts, however Go-Ahead London has now gained more contracts.

In 2005, TfL reported that Arriva London had more complaints a year than any other bus operator in London,[1] although at the time Arriva did operate the biggest percentage of bus services in London.

Arriva London North LtdEdit

They have thirteen bus garages.

Palmers Green (AD) Edit

Palmers Green garage operates London bus routes  141, 329, 24-hour route 102, and school route 629.

History Edit

On 24 March 2012, route 34 was transferred to this garage. On 31 August 2013, route 634 passed to Metroline.

On 1 March 2014, the Lee Valley (LV) allocation of route 34 was transferred to this garage.

On 8 November 2014, route 34 passed to Metroline

On 8 November 2014, route 141 and the Wood Green (WN) allocation of route 329 was transferred to this garage.

On 31 January 2015, route 125 passed to Metroline.

On 2 February 2015, route 629 was transferred to this garage from Edmonton (EC) garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m & 10.2m (T) for routes 102 and 329
  • DAF DB250LF 10.2m / Wright Pulsar Gemini (DW) for route 629
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (DW) for route 141 and 629
  • Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (HV) for route 141

Ash Grove (AE) Edit

Ash Grove garage operates London bus routes 78106 and 254.

History Edit

On 20 August 2011, route 254 was transferred to this garage from Stamford Hill (SF) garage.

On 2 February 2013, Ash Grove's allocation for route 393 was transferred to Clapton (CT) garage.

On 27 April 2013, Arriva London commenced operating route 106.

On 29 September 2014, the Ash Grove's allocation for route 38 was transferred to Clapton (CT)  garage.

On 26 September 2015, route 168 passed to Metroline.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis E40H / Enviro 400H City (HA) for route 78
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (DW) for route 106
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (VLW) for route 254

Tottenham (AR) Edit

Tottenham garage operates London bus routes 4167123 (Saturdays & Sundays only), 230, night routes N41, and 24-hour routes 76, 149243 and 341.

History Edit

On 5 March 2005, Arriva London commenced operating route 123. The Monday to Saturday allocation of this route was transferred to Edmonton (EC) garage.

On 16 October 2010, route 149 was transferred to garage from Lee Valley (LV) garage.

On 27 April 2013, Arriva London commenced operating route 67

On 22 June 2013, Arriva London commenced operating route 230.

On 1 March 2014, route 341 was transferred to this garage from Lee Valley (LV) garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m (T) for route 341
  • Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (MET) as a trainer
  • New Routemaster 11.3m (LT) for route 149
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (DW) for routes 41, 67, 76, 123, 230, 243, 341 and N41
  • Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (HV) for routes 76 and 243

Clapton (CT) Edit

Clapton garage operates London bus routes 38, 393, night route N38, and 24 hour route 242.

History Edit

On 14 November 2009, Clapton reopened and routes 38, 242, 393 and N38 were transferred.

On 2 February 2013, the Ash Grove allocation for route 393 was transferred to this garage.

On 29 September 2014, the Ash Grove's allocation for route 38 was transferred to this garage..

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 9.3m & 10.2m (ENL/ENS) for route 393
  • New Routemaster 11.3m (LT) for routes 38 and N38
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (DW) for route 242
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (VLW) for route 242

Barking (DX) Edit

Barking garage operates London bus routes 150173325, 368, 24-hour route 128, and school routes 647, 673 and 678.

History Edit

On 15 October 2005, Arriva London Arriva London commenced operating route 128.

On 6 March 2010, Arriva London commenced operating route 325.

On 16 October 2010, Arriva London commenced operating route 150.

On 3 March 2012, route 275 passed to Stagecoach London.

On 24 March 2012, route 462 passed to Blue Triangle.

On 31 March 2012, Arriva London commenced operating routes 647 and 678.

On 23 May 2015, route 135 passed to Docklands Buses.

On 30 April 2016, Arriva London commenced operating route 368.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (ENL) for route 325
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400  10.1m (T) for routes 128, 150, 173, 368 and 673
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Alexander ALX400 (VLA) for routes 128, 647 and 678

Enfield (E) Edit

Enfield garage operates London bus routes 121279313317318, 349377379, W6, and night route N279.

History Edit

On 1 June 2013, route 491 passed to London General. On 8 June 2013, route 327 passed to London General.

On 5 October 2013, routes 192 and 379 were transferred to this garage from Lee Valley (LV) garage.

On 8 November 2014, route 192 passed to London General.

On 8 November 2014, routes 318 and W6 was transferred to this garage from Edmonton garage (EC).

On 12 December 2015, route 307 passed to Metroline.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 8.9m (EN) for routes 318 and 379
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.8m (ENX) for route 313
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.2m (T) for routes 279, 313,349 and N279
  • Alexander Dennis E20D 8.9m / Enviro 200MMC (EN) for route 377
  • Dennis Dart SLF 8.8m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (PDL) as logistical spares
  • Dennis Dart SLF 9.4m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (PDL) for route W6
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (DW) for routes 121, 317 and 349
  • Alexander Dennis Alx400 Volvo as training buses in turquise livery

Edmonton (EC) Edit

Edmonton garage operates London bus routes 123 (Monday to Saturday only), 382397, W6 (pm peak journey) and W11.

History Edit

On 24 March 2012, Edmonton was announced closed.

On 1 March 2014, Edmonton reopened, with routes 123 (Monday to Friday allocation), 125 (Monday to Saturday allocation), 184, 318, 382, 397, 444, 629, 657, W6 and W11 transferring to this garage.

On 31 January 2015, route 125 passed to Metroline.

On 7 March 2015, routes 444 and 657 passed to Tower Transit and London General respectively.

On 8 November 2015, routes 318 and W6 were transferred to Enfield (E) garage from this garage.

On 15 November 2014, route 184 was transferred to Wood Green (WN) garage from this garage.

On 2 February 2015, route 629 was transferred to Palmers Green (AD) garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 8.9m (EN) for route 382
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 9.6m (ENS) for routes 397, W6 and W11
  • Dennis Dart SLF 8.8m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (PDL) route W6
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m & 10.6m / Alexander ALX400 (VLA) for route 123
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (DW) for route 123

Watford (GR) Edit

Watford garage operates London bus routes 142258268288303305340H2, H3H18H19, and school routes 631 and 642.

History Edit

On 1 January 2016, Arriva London took over the operations of Watford (GR) garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (ENL) for routes H18 and H19
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m (T) for routes 142 and 642
  • DAF DB250LF 10.2m / Alexander ALX400 (DLA) for route 340
  • DAF DB250LF 10.2m / Wright Pulsar Gemini (DW) for route 258
  • DAF SB120 10.1m / Wright Cadet for (DWL) routes 268, 288, 303 and 305
  • Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Alexander Dennis Pointer (PDL) as logistical spares
  • Optare Solo 7.8m (OS) for routes 631, H2 and H3
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (DW) as logistical spares
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Alexander ALX400 (VLA) for route 142, 340 and 642
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (VLW) for route 340
  • Wright StreetDeck (SW) for route 340

Grays (GY) Edit

Grays Garage operates London bus routes 66346347, 370, and 375.

History Edit

On 1 January 2016, Arriva London took over the operations of Grays (GY) garage.

Blue Triangle will take over the operations of route 346 from 1 October 2016.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (ENL) for routes 346, 347 and 375
  • Dennis Dart SLF 9.4m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (PDL) for route 346
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (DW) for routes 66 and 370
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m / Alexander ALX400 (VLA) for routes 66 and 370

Heathrow (HE) Edit

Heathrow garage operates London bus route E10.

History Edit

On 1 January 2016, Arriva London took over the operations of Heathrow (HE) garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 8.9m (ENN) for route E10
  • Dennis Dart SLF 8.8m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (PDL) for route E10

Stamford Hill (SF) Edit

Stamford Hill garage operates London bus routes 6773253N73 and N253.

History Edit

On 1 April 2006, route 253 was transferred to this garage from Clapton (CT) garage.

On 3 September 2011, routes 73 were transferred to this garage from Lee Valley (LV) garage.

On 27 April 2013, Arriva London commenced operating route 67.

Bus types in use Edit

  • New Routemaster 11.3m (LT) for routes 73 and N73
  • Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (HV) for routes 67, 253 and N253

Wood Green (WN) Edit

Wood Green garage operates London bus routes 29141, 144184, 221W3, school route 617, and night route N29.

History Edit

On 26 November 2011, routes 29 and N29 were transferred to this garage from Edmonton (EC) garage.

On 4 February 2012, route 298 passed to Sullivan Buses.

On 25 February 2012, route 382 was transferred to this garage from Edmonton (EC) garage. On 1 March 2014, this route was transferred to Edmonton (EC) garage.

On 1 March 2014, routes 329 (part of its allocation) and W3 were transferred to this garage.

On 8 November 2014, route 184 was transferred to this garage from Edmonton (EC) garage.

On 8 November 2014, route 141 and the Wood Green (WN) allocation of route 329 were transferred to Palmers Green (AD) garage from this garage.

On 15 November 2014, route 184 was transferred to this garage from Edmonton (EC) garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (ENL) for route 184
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.2m (T) for route W3
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (DW) for routes 141,144,221,184 and 617
  • Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (HV) for routes 29, 141, W3 and N29
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m & 10.6m / Wright Eclipse Gemini (VLW) for routes 144, 184, 221 and 617

Arriva London South LtdEdit

They have five bus garages.

Brixton (BN) Edit

Brixton garage operates London bus routes 5059137 and 319.

History Edit

In November 2009 19 was transferred from Battersea (BA) garage. On 31 March 2012 this and N19 were lost to London General.

On 31 March 2012, routes 50, 109 and N109 were transferred to this garage from Croydon (TC) and Thornton Heath (TH) garages.

Routes 109 and N109 passed to Abellio London on 31 January 2015.

On 12 December 2015, route 159 passed to Abellio London and route 59's Norwood (N) garage allocation was transferred to this garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • New Routemaster 11.3m (LT) for routes 59 and 137
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (DW) for routes 50 and 319
  • Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (HV) for route 319

Dartford (DT) Edit

Dartford Garage operates London bus routes 160, 229, 428, 469, 492, B12, B13 and B15.

History Edit

On 1 January 2016, Arriva London took over the operations of Dartford (DT) garage.

On 23 January 2016, Arriva London took over the operations of routes 229 and 469.

Arriva London will take over the operation of route 660 from 17 September 2016.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (ENL) for routes 428, 469 and B12
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.8m (ENX) for routes 469 and B15
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.2m (T) for routes 160, 229 and 492
  • Alexander Dennis E20D 9.6m / Enviro 200MMC (ENR) for route B13

Norwood (N) Edit

Norwood garage operates London bus routes 2, 133,  417, 24-hour route 176, school route 690, and night routes N2, N133 and N137.

History Edit

In April 2006 routes 68 and X68 passed to London Central.

In 2008, Arriva London commenced operating route 415.

On 23 January 2010, Arriva London commenced operating routes 133 and N133.

On 31 March 2012, route 249 was passed to London General. On 31 March 2012, part of route 59's allocation was transferred to this garage.

On 17 May 2014, route N133's allocation was transferred to this garage from Croydon (TC) garage.

On 7 March 2015, route 415 passed to Abellio London.

On 4 April 2015, route 432 passed to London General.

On 12 December 2015, route 59's allocation from this garage was transferred to Brixton garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m (T) for routes 2, 133, 176, 417, N2, N133 and N137
  • Volvo B7TL 10.1m & 10.6m / Alexander ALX400 (VLA) for routes 2, 133, 176, 417, 690 and N2
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (DW) for route 2
  • Volvo B5LH 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 (HV) to be introduced on route 133 from 21 January 2017

Croydon (TC) Edit

Croydon garage operates London Buses routes 60, 166, 194, 197, 312, 403, 412, 466, school routes 405, 612, 627 and 685, and 24-hour route 264.

History Edit

In April 2006 routes 468 and N68 passed to London Central.

On 30 August 2008, Arriva London commenced operating route 466.

On 30 October 2009, route 407 passed to Abellio London.

On 29 October 2011, routes 403, 405 (school service) and 627 were transferred to this garage from Beddington Farm (CN) garage.

On 31 March 2012, route 264 was transferred to this garage from Beddington Farm (CN) garage.

On 31 August 2013, Arriva London commenced operating route 612.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (ENL) for routes 166
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m & 10.2m (T) for routes 60 and 466
  • DAF DB250LF 10.2m / Wright Pulsar Gemini (DW) for routes 194, 197, 403, 405, 612, 627 and 685
  • Dennis Dart SLF 10.2m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (PDL) as logistical spares
  • Optare Electric MetroCity (EMC) for route 312
  • VDL DB300 10.4m / Wright Gemini 2 (DW) for routes 60, 194, 264 and 412

Thornton Heath (TH) Edit

Thornton Heath garage operates London bus routes 198255289410, 450, school bus routes 663 and 689 and 24-hour route 250.

History Edit

In 2007, route 289 was transferred to this garage from Beddington Farm (CN) garage.

On 1 October 2011, route 450 was transferred to this garage from Beddington Farm (CN) garage.

On 31 March 2012, route 410 was transferred to this garage from Beddington Farm (CN) garage.

Bus types in use Edit

  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.2m (ENL) for route 255
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Dart 10.8m (ENX) for route 289
  • Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 10.1m (T) for routes 198, 250, 289, 663 and 689 
  • DAF SB120 9.3m / Wright Cadet (DWS) for route 410
  • Dennis Dart SLF 9.3m / Plaxton Pointer 2 (PDL) for routes 410 and 450

Former GaragesEdit

Battersea (BA)Edit

HistoryEdit

The original Battersea garage was opened in 1906 by the London Roadcar Company on the north side of Hester Road, but by 1914 more space was needed and an annex was built on the south side. Two modernisation schemes were undertaken, first in the 1960s to allow for Routemasters to be allocated and again in 1971 when a new canteen and recreation room was built. Unfortunately the garage closed in 1985 with its allocation being split between Victoria and Wandsworth garages. B was however given a reprieve some time later when it was used to house the London Buses coaches and sightseeing operations until 1988, when the entire operation moved to Wandsworth Garage. In 1993, a yard adjacent to the old garage was opened as a base for Kentish Bus route 19 operation after it had moved out of its Covent Garden Market base. Most of the area formally occupied on both the North and South sides of Hester road has now been built into a luxury flats complex. The only section remaining is the small shed which was originally an outstation from BN housing the route 19 RMs. When the Routemasters finally left in July 2005 the garage received an allocation on VLAs for route 19, although some of these need to be parked at (and use drivers from) Norwood Garage because there is not enough space at Battersea for the larger VLAs. The VLAs were "borrowed" from Brixton Garage and used as an interim measure until new buses arrived. The route is now operated using new DWs. Battersea's buses, including those parked at Norwood, are maintained by Brixton staff and major work is carried out at Brixton Garage, which is why some of Brixton's older DWs may be seen on the route.

On 28 November 2009, Battersea (BA) was announced closed.

The garage has recently been demolished, there is now a construction site.

Beddington Farm (CN)Edit

History Edit

A modern purpose built depot that is largely open air. Opened in 1990 by London Country, it ran 73 vehicles, although had space for 120. Beddington farm was to replace the existing garages at Godstone and Chelsham and operated both LB tendered routes and existing London Country Croydon area routes. Beddington Farm became a Londonlinks depot when the Non-London work moved away before coming under Arriva South. It was transferred to Arriva London in 1999 with six routes and buses painted Red, Green, or Blue. In 2007 Route 450 got transferred to Beddington Garage from Thornton Heath in a swap with route 289.

On 3 March 2012, Abellio London gained the contract for route 455.

On 31 March 2012, Beddington Farm (CN) was announced closed.

Lee Valley (LV)Edit

History Edit

The depot is at the back of an industrial estate alongside the river Lee close to Northumberland Park. The depot was opened in 2005 to house the articulated buses for route 149 which were later joined by more MA's with the conversion of route 73. In 2014, Lee Valley (LV) was announced closed.

The Heritage FleetEdit

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The Heritage Fleet is a company set up in 2006 by Arriva. It uses Routemasters for private hire work, and was formed after Routemasters in London were withdrawn from normal service.

HistoryEdit

The world-famous London Routemaster bus was withdrawn from normal London service on December 9, 2005, after the vehicle type was introduced some 50 years earlier. Arriva operated the last service to be operated by Routemasters, which was route 159. The last day was celebrated by many enthusiasts and visitors, with extra vehicles running.

Following this, Arriva London collected some of the most significant Routemasters in their fleet, and set up the Heritage Fleet in early 2006.

Current operationsEdit

The Heritage Fleet currently offer their vehicles for private hire, such as events celebration and weddings. The buses can also be hired to attend other public events, and often the buses appear at bus events, such as Showbus or the LBPT Cobham bus rally.

FleetEdit

The Heritage Fleet is made up of 9 unique examples Routemasters. As Arriva were the biggest operator of Routemasters before they were withdrawn from normal services, they operated some of the most significant Routemasters. These include;

  • RM5: This is the lowest numbered production Routemaster, although RM8 was actually built first.[2]
  • RM6: In 2002, this Routemaster was painted in a gold livery to celebrate the Queen's jubilee, the livery of which it now wears.[3]
  • RML901: This was part of the first batch of 24 RMLs (Routemaster Lengthened) to enter service.[4]
  • RM1124: This was retained as it contains a Cummins Euro II engine, meaning it already meets emission standards to be set for London.[5]
  • RMC1453: This was the first production Green Line Routemaster Coach.[6]
  • RMC1464: This is an open top bus, so is popular for private hires.[7]
  • RM2217: The last production standard length Routemaster built. This bus was the last bus to finish service on route 159 when Routemasters were withdrawn.[8]
  • RML2355: This is still in the condition as when it left service, but is awaiting restoration. It is unusual in retaining its original body and chassis after the Routemaster overhaul scheme.[9]
  • RML2360: This is being looked after for the London Transport Museum. It has been converted inside for exhibition use.[10]

Picture galleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Inquiry into bus complaints | Evening Standard News. Thisislondon.co.uk (2005-03-03). Retrieved on 2012-08-03.
  2. RM 5. The Heritage Fleet (1959-06-06). Retrieved on 2012-08-03.
  3. RM 6. The Heritage Fleet. Retrieved on 2012-08-03.
  4. RML 901. The Heritage Fleet. Retrieved on 2012-08-03.
  5. RM 1124. The Heritage Fleet. Retrieved on 2012-08-03.
  6. RMC 1453. The Heritage Fleet (2010-06-19). Retrieved on 2012-08-03.
  7. RMC 1464. The Heritage Fleet. Retrieved on 2012-08-03.
  8. RM 2217. The Heritage Fleet (2005-12-08). Retrieved on 2012-08-03.
  9. RML 2355. The Heritage Fleet. Retrieved on 2012-08-03.
  10. RML 2360. The Heritage Fleet. Retrieved on 2012-08-03.

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