Routemaster RM5 helps raise money for the the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
On Friday 8 November 2019 Arriva London joined other London bus operators to run heritage buses over several routes to support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
With the permission of Transport for London two round trips were operated on route 2 between Norwood Bus Garage and Marylebone Station. This route is significant as the very first prototype Routemaster, RM 1, was trialled in service over the route in 1956.
We chose to use Heritage Fleet Routemaster RM5, which was restored to 1960s condition several years ago with the support of outside sponsorship. This bus also celebrated its 60th anniversary this year so we could mark a double commemoration.
A crisp sunny morning saw the bus depart Norwood Garage shortly after 09.00 with a volunteer crew of Tottenham Garage Driver Joe Kerr and head office Commercial Team members Lee Davis and Marcia Mitchell-West acting as conductors. They were greeted by enthusiasts and regular customers along the route who were thrilled to see an iconic Routemaster back in service for the day. Many of those who took a ride commented on the excellent presentation of the bus as well as how it was a fantastic way to raise money for a very worthwhile cause.
At the end of the day total of £179.74 had been raised to be passed on to the Legion.
The photos show the bus at Marylebone Station with Joe and Lee taking a moment before heading back out, with Marcia, into the busy streets to take another load of customers on their way in what was once described as an “iconic piece of London street furniture”.