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Friday, 8 April 2016

Go Ahead London retains routes with new hybrid buses



LOTS (London Omnibus Traction Society) have just announced new London Bus tender awards for tranches 531A, 532 and 541.

From LOTS News

New contract awards from TfL:

Tranche 531A
·         639/670 re-awarded to London General with 2009 Euro V diesel double deck (currently allocated to routes 21 & 63). PVR 1, start date 4 June


Tranche 532
·         1/N1 re-awarded to London General with new Euro VI battery hybrid double deck. PVR 17, start date 1 October 2016
·         132 (24 hour at weekends) re-awarded to London Central with 2009 Euro V diesel double deck (currently allocated to routes 21 & 63). PVR 15, start date 1 October 2016
·         180 re-awarded to London General with 2009 Euro V diesel double deck (currently allocated to routes 21 & 63). PVR 17, start date 1 October 2016
·         185 re-awarded to London Central with new Euro VI battery hybrid double deck. PVR 25, start date 1 October 2016

Tranche 541
·         14 (24 hour) re-awarded to London General with new Euro VI battery hybrid double deck. PVR 35, start date 19 November 2016.
·         39 re-awarded to London General with new and existing single deck, 60 capacity vehicles - 8 Euro V ex route 368 plus 9 new Euro VI inc 2 spare. PVR 15, start date 19 November 2016
·         74/N74 re-awarded to London General with new Euro VI battery hybrid double deck. PVR 21, start date 19 November 2016. Route 74 to continue to terminate at Putney High Street and stand in Putney Garage
·         430 re-awarded to London General with new Euro VI battery hybrid double deck. PVR 16, start date 19 November 2016.

All the routes are retained by Go Ahead London, but the majority of the routes are new Euro VI hybrid buses. Since the New Routemaster design has evolved, we now have the Volvo SRM so the question is will Go Ahead London purchase these buses for their routes or revert to ordering conventional hybrid buses, or even the Enviro400H City?

With the single decker buses, they should have been awarded with the battery electric single deck buses in order to help combat diesel emissions.

Below is a list of routes which are due to convert to diesel-electric hybrid buses.
Route
Hybrid bus type
Operator
Date expected
21
Unknown
Go Ahead London
8th October 2016
26
Enviro400H City
CT Plus
25th June 2016
35
Enviro400H MMC
Go Ahead London
30th April 2016
40
Volvo B5LH MCV EvoSeti
Go Ahead London
30th April 2016
53
Enviro400H MMC
Stagecoach
23rd July 2016
63
Unknown
Go Ahead London
12th November 2016
72
Unknown
London United
3rd September 2016
85
Volvo B5LH Gemini 3
London United
2nd July 2016
91
New Routemaster
Metroline
April 2016
114
Volvo B5LH Gemini 3
Metroline
3rd September 2016
140
Volvo B5LH Gemini 3
Metroline
3rd September 2016
182
Volvo B5LH Gemini 3
Metroline
3rd September 2016
189
New Routemaster
Metroline
July 2016
211
New Routemaster
Abellio
June 2016
328
Volvo B5LH Gemini 3
Tower Transit
30th April 2016
363
Unknown
Go Ahead London
12th November 2016

This was just a quick update on the Hybrid Bus situation.

Finally, I'd like to mention that I wrote an article about the competing new Iconic bus designs such as the Volvo SRM and Enviro400H City, the problem is though that TFL won’t buy them because ultimately it's down to the decision of the bus company to buy them. We'll have to wait and see what happens, and we may never know whether Go Ahead London might buy them.

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By Oxyman - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1996598

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