Transport for London has ordered 20 hydrogen-powered double-deckers for delivery next year, they will be manufactured at Wrightbus in N Ireland and are presumably based on that manufacturer's Streetdeck design. The buses will be operated by Metroline on routes 7/N7 (Oxford Circus-East Acton/Northolt) and 245 (Golders Green-Alperton); a hydrogen refuelling facility will be installed at Metroline's Perivale Garage.
Metroline seems to be at the forefront of alternative fuel technology double-deckers. It already has 5 experimental BYD electric double deckers in service on route 98 (Willesden-Holborn) from Willesden Garage. During the Summer the company will take delivery of 68 electric double-deckers; 31 Optare Metrodeckers for route 134 (North Finchley-Warren Street) from Potters Bar Garage and 37 BYD/ADL E400 City for route 43 (Friern Barnet-London Bridge) from Holloway Garage.The world’s first hydrogen double decker buses will be introduced on three London bus routes next year, helping tackle the capital’s air quality crisis.
Transport for London (TfL) has today ordered 20 of these green buses – which produce no pollution from their exhausts - as part of its drive to make London’s transport zero-emission. It follows the introduction of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone last month.
The environment-friendly vehicles will be introduced on routes 245, 7 and N7, with people traveling to Wembley Stadium, or from west London to the West End, able to hop on the new green buses for a smoother and quieter journey. The new, modern buses will also enhance the customer experience, with on-board USB charging points making bus travel even more attractive.
TfL is investing £12m in the new buses and the fuelling infrastructure. Wrightbus in Northern Ireland will manufacture them, creating new jobs in the region. More than £5 million of funding is being provided by European bodies and £1 million from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles.
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