FROM FIRST LONDON 27 June 2011
First London gears up for one of the
biggest rollouts of new vehicles ever seen
Having won three new tendered routes in the capital First in London will, over the weekend of
24/25 June, complete what it believes to be one of the largest deployments of new vehicles from
one depot ever seen in the bus industry.
The company won the tenders to operate Route 25 (Ilford to Oxford Circus) Route 26 (Waterloo to
Hackney Wick), Route N26 (Trafalgar Square to Chingford Station) and Route 30 (Hackney Wick
to Marble Arch) from the incumbent operator in March. Since then it has been preparing to roll
them out, delivering first class services for London’s bus users. On Saturday 25 June it will
deploy 109 brand new buses – 65 Volvo B9s and 44 Enviro 400’s – all in one go from its Lea
Interchange depot, possibly going down in history for being the first company to put so many new
vehicles into service in one day, from one location.
In order to put the service out on 25 June a phenomenal amount of work has been going on
behind the scenes in recent weeks. In total 328 new staff – 238 of which joined First under TUPE
arrangements and 90 of whom were recruited specifically – have been inducted into the business
receiving information about the company and its policies and procedures. In addition they, along
with 150 members of First’s current team, have also been taught all the new routes and have
been given type training on the two new vehicles being introduced into the depot.
The 65 new Volvo B9s have been built by Wright Bus and have Eclipse Gemini 2 bodywork, while
the 44 Enviro 400s have been built by ADL.
Talking about the deployment, Adrian Jones, Regional Managing Director for the First London
region, says: “What the team at the Lea Interchange will do over the weekend of the 24/25 June is
really impressive bringing together months and months of hard work across the entire business.
It’s a real team effort with every part of the business being involved; with scheduling, commercial,
recruitment, training, finance and engineering, each playing their part. They have worked together
in partnership with Transport for London staff like a well oiled machine and I for one will be
incredibly proud of them all when all these vehicles go into service next week.”
Adding Giles Fearnley, Managing Director – UK Bus, says: “We are delighted to be making this
investment in vehicles that we operate for Transport for London. This is great news for
passengers. Our London team have done a fantastic job in preparing for launch day".
For more information about First in London, log onto www.firstgroup.com/London
For more information about FirstGroup Plc see www.firstgroup.com
Lea Interchange depot (relocated from Hackney to make way for the Olympic Park) was formally
opened in 2010, it is the most modern of First London's nine depots. Its other depots are based at
Dagenham, Northumberland Park, Westbourne Park, Willesden Junction, Hayes, Uxbridge, Alperton
and Greenford giving it a wide coverage across the Capital.
FirstGroup plc is the leading transport operator in the UK and North America with annualised
revenues of over £6 billion a year. It employs more than 130,000 staff and transports some 2.5 billion
passengers a year. Website: www.firstgroup.com
The Group is Britain’s largest bus operator running more than one in five of all local bus services.
A fleet of nearly 8,500 buses carries approximately 3 million passengers a day in more than 40 major
towns and cities (website: www.firstgroup.com/ukbus) It also operates Greyhound UK providing
regular services each way between London and Portsmouth and London and Southampton and
London and Bournemouth (website:www.greyhounduk.com)