London’s first all electric bus route to be operated by Arriva London

  
  

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that Arriva has been awarded the contract to operate route 312, which will become the first route in London to be operated entirely by electric buses.

Arriva London, which already operates route 312, was re-awarded the contract after a competitive tender process. The contract will run from September 2015.

There are currently two Optare MetroCity electric single deck buses on route 312, which runs between South Croydon and Norwood Junction. These two buses have been used as an initial test to establish whether the technology could stand up to the rigours of operating in an intense urban environment such as London.

Arriva is currently in talks with OptareMetro the manufacturer of the buses to add a further seven electric buses to the route. A date for the route 312’s conversion to all electric buses will be confirmed later this year.

Passengers and drivers notice that pure electric buses offer much lower noise and vibration levels compared to diesel vehicles, with the bus operating company benefiting from lower maintenance and running costs. These buses have zero tail pipe emissions, resulting in lower carbon emissions and improved air quality. The current trials will help TfL develop plans for greater use of electric buses in central London in the future, contributing to the Mayor’s vision of a central London Ultra Low Emission Zone.

Daniel Box a driver with Arriva London for the last ten years is full of enthusiasm for the new buses. He says:-

Driving an electric bus is an exciting time for the drivers on the 312, as the electric buses are the future. It’s quite a privilege to be on the first route that’s going fully electric” he also says:- “ they are very smooth and efficient and they pick up speed easily. They’re also comfy to drive and the passengers find them very comfortable as well.

  
  

Tags:   NewsFleet
Published : Mon 2nd Mar. 2015
Related archived articles
Published : Fri 14th Jul. 2017 - Thu 31st Aug. 2017
 
Old and new Arriva London Routemasters help raise funds for charities at Imber 2017

On Saturday 26th August, Arriva London was pleased to support the eighth annual bus service to the normally deserted Wiltshire village of Imber, situated in the middle of Salisbury Plain military training area.

Continuous training for our drivers helps them deal with accessibility issues

As part of our continuous ongoing staff training and development programme, this week, together with colleagues from TfL, we conducted a Hello London Accessibility Forum at our Brixton garage, and invited our drivers to participate in the discussion.

Treat yourselves this summer with an historic Arriva London Heritage Fleet Routemaster bus

If you’re planning a wedding, a special birthday celebration or a fantastic day out with a group of friends, why not treat yourselves this summer and let us help you with your transport and celebrations solutions, using our Heritage Fleet Routemaster buses available for private hire.

Nursery children take first bus ride to Brixton bus garage

It’s never too soon to experience new things in life and for the children of the Streatham Montessori Nursery in Brixton, last week was one of those times.

The Archikids get an Arriva London Heritage Fleet tour of the City

For the past few years we have been delighted to support the Archikids weekend, with posters on our City based bus routes to promote the event. 

Helen wins at London Bus Awards for being an inspirational role model

Helen Webster, a driver at Enfield garage, scooped the award for Inspirational role model to colleagues in the bus industry.

 

Please wait...

 

Delivered by CSN MCL / All content copyright © 2007 - 2017 original copyright holders, except where individually stated. All rights reserved. E&OE.