1) The all-electric Optare
MetroDecker-EV is due to be trialled with Go-Ahead on route 36 during
April.New Cross Garage’s limited
charging facilities are being upgraded to allow for this and the two Irizars (EI
1 and 2) to enable a more long-lasting overnight charging. Trustybus has a
Citaro-K demonstrator (BT66 TZE) for the next two weeks, usually to be found on
route 410 Harlow – Waltham Cross.
The three-door two-staircase hybrid New Routemaster buses entered service on route EL3 on Saturday 18th February 2017. We are still waiting for them to appear on the rest of the East London Transit routes, EL1 and EL2.
1) At Stagecoach, the first few E400Hs for route 277 at Bow and E20Ds for route 273 at Catford have entered service in the past week. Saturday 18th saw the first suburban route to go over to LTs when Go-Ahead took over the 387 at Barking from Stagecoach and renumbered it to EL3. For a while the EL1/2 will keep its WVLs until more LTs are available.
I haven’t given you a New Routemaster update for a while now so I
thought it was about time that I did.
The new East London Transit routes EL1, EL2 & EL3 contract starts
on Saturday 18th February 2017 operated by Go Ahead Blue Triangle
from River Road (RR) garage. The new contract requires the three-door two-staircase
hybrid buses called the New Routemaster, purchased directly by TfL and leased
to private operators for their route contracts.
The final milestone in the
upgrade of Tottenham Court Road Underground station has been reached, with the
station now providing step-free access to both
the Central and Northern lines.
Tottenham Court Road becomes the
71st Tube station providing step-free access, making travel in central London
easier for older and disabled people and other customers who find it difficult
to use stairs or escalators. It will give a greater choice of travel options
for everyone, and will directly benefit parents and carers with children and