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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Update on hybrid bus conversions



As the London hybrid bus fleet is increasing, I will update you with the next route conversions to hybrid buses.

Here’s the table of hybrid bus conversions; I collected the information from London Bus Routes service changes page.


Route
Hybrid Bus type
Operator
Expected date
1
Unknown
Go Ahead London
1st October 2016
14
Unknown
Go Ahead London
19th November 2016
21
Unknown
Go Ahead London
8th October 2016
26
Enviro400H City
CT Plus
25th June 2016
53
Enviro400H MMC
Stagecoach
23rd July 2016
63
Unknown
Go Ahead London
12th November 2016
72
Unknown
London United
3rd September 2016
74
Unknown
Go Ahead London
19th November 2016
85
Volvo B5LH/Gemini 3
London United
2nd July 2016
114
Volvo B5LH/Gemini 3
Metroline
3rd September 2016
133
Unknown*
Arriva London
21st January 2017
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
Late June 2016**
333
Unknown
Arriva London
21st January 2017
363
Unknown
Go Ahead London
12th November 2016
430
Unknown
Go Ahead London
19th November 2016

*Mixed with existing hybrid buses from other routes.
**Conversion has already started for route 211, it's not known when the route conversion will be completed.

Yes! The New Routemaster conversions are still going ahead despite the new London Mayor’s opposition to the 3 door 2 staircase hybrid bus. He stated that he won’t be making any more new purchases of New Routemaster buses.

Now for a quick news update from LOTS.

Sunday 5 June

The conversion to LT on route 91 is now complete and that on the 211 about half-done. A fourth BYD electric double-deck is now in use at Metroline; although there are four it is rare to have more than one in service on route 98 at any one time.

New London United VHs continue to arrive although most go to store, The first five of CTPlus’ new E400H-City buses (batch 2501-21) for route 26 have now been delivered. Commencement of delivery of Stagecoach’s E40H/ E400MMCs (batch 12365-400) for route 53 is imminent. These will allow diesel E400s to go to Romford for route 86.

What it needs is an increase of zero emission buses in order to cut down on diesel emissions in the Central London area. There should also be an increase in hybrid buses, for example, the bus routes that serve Romford still have diesel buses! But hopefully in the near future when the next tender comes, we might see some hybrid cast offs from routes which served the Inner London area.

Here’s an update on the tender awards from TFL:

LBSL intends to enter into the following contracts:

Tranche 547

Route
Current Operator
New Operator
Current PVR
Award PVR
Vehicle type
Contract Start Date
235
Abellio West London
Metroline
21
20
New Euro VI diesel single deck
7th January 2017
237
Metroline
Metroline
20
21
2010 Euro V diesel double deck
7th January 2017
696
London United
London United
2
2
2008 Euro IV diesel double deck (a)
21st January 2017
H26
Abellio West London
Abellio West London
4
5
New Euro VI diesel single deck
7th January 2017

(a) Vehicles currently allocated to route 131.

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