Routes 43 and 134, operated by Metroline, will become London’s first fully electric, zero-emission double deck services.
To be introduced during summer next year, route 43 will use 37 new BYD electric double deck vehicles whilst route 134 will use 31 new Optare electric double deck vehicles. The conversion of these routes, which carry around 18.5 million people* across the City annually, to zero emission vehicles will further assist in improving the air quality in London.
Converting both services to be operated entirely by electric vehicles represents the largest order of electric double deck buses of its kind for London; a significant investment and milestone for Metroline and the TfL network.
Commenting on the announcement, Metroline’s Chief Executive Officer Jaspal Singh said:
“Operating zero-emission all electric buses on routes 43 and 134 confirms Metroline’s continued commitment to London, our customers and Transport for London. The new BYD ADL Enviro400EV’s and Optare Metrodecker EV’s have very impressive environmental credentials and will deliver significant benefits for Londoners. Metroline’s latest investment underscores our resolve to lead the industry and continually deliver the very best service for London.”
Metroline’s Director of Engineering, Ian Foster added:
” The introduction of these two additional electric routes, shows the commitment of both Metroline and TfL in bringing low emission mass transit solutions to London. The technology involved is both challenging and extremely interesting from an Engineering viewpoint, and we look forward to introducing these vehicle into our fleet.”
Claire Mann, TfL’s Director of Buses, said:
“We’re committed to reducing emissions from London’s buses and making routes 43 and 134 exclusively electric is an important step to a zero-emission fleet. Buses are crucial to reduce Londoners’ reliance on cars, and with this landmark order it means the largest pure electric double-deck bus fleet in Europe will help reduce emissions across the capital. Electric buses are good for air quality and improve the customer experience, with less noise and fewer vibrations, all creating a more comfortable journey.”
Metroline was chosen by TfL to pilot the world’s first zero emission, all electric double decker on Route 98 between Willesden and Holborn back in 2016. The move to now operate two entire routes using electric buses is a testament to Metroline’s ability to successful operate new technologies in the most challenging of bus operating environments and further demonstrates the confidence that TfL have in Company’s ability to successfully deliver such ground-breaking projects.
* (Based on TfL passenger data from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017).