London’s electric bus fleet becomes the largest in Europe

It was a pleasure to welcome the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy Shirley Rodrigues, TfL’s Managing Director for Surface Transport Gareth Powell and TfL’s Director of Bus Operations Claire Mann on board an electric route 43 bus this morning. Routes 43 and 134, both operated by Metroline, will become London’s first exclusively electric double deck routes.

The new zero-emission buses on routes 43 and 134 are not only helping to reduce carbon emissions and improve the air for all Londoners but are also improving the customer experience on buses. A journey in an electric bus is smoother and quieter than one with a traditional engine, and customers will have access to free-to-use USB charging points.

Commenting on this, Metroline’s CEO Sean O’Shea said “This is an important milestone for Metroline, and London, as we continue to deliver greener and cleaner transport for our customers. Metroline have made a substantial investment and commitment to electric buses, making the UK’s largest single order. With the launch of London’s first exclusively-electric double deck routes, which will carry around 18.5 million people across the capital a year, we will continue making real progress in improving air quality in the capital.”

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