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London steps up hybrid trials

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THIS month 25 new hybrids take to the streets of London, to be followed by a further 18 in January. They take to 56 the number of hybrids in service in the capital, with a target of 300 in operation by March 2011. From 2012 it is planned that all new London buses will be hybrids.

Says London mayor Boris Johnson: “A wonderful alliance of fuel efficiency and fume deficiency make hybrid engines the way to go for buses in our city.

“Londoners that travel on buses with the green leaf livery can rest comfortably in their seats and enjoy clear environmental consciences, safe in the knowledge that their journey will guzzle far less fuel and expire a whopping 40 per cent less carbon dioxide than a regular bus.”

Kulveer Ranger, the mayor's director of transport policy, adds: “'With bus ridership rocketing it is vital our buses are as clean and green as possible. The trial of new hybrid buses is a further step towards that aim and will mean we can be sure that we get the best buses possible for Londoners.”

Transport for London has announced the routes which will be allocated hybrids.

The ten Optare Tempos are to enter service this month with five each on the E8 in Ealing, operated by Metroline, and the 276 between Newham Hospital and Stoke Newington, operated by East London Bus Group. Also entering service this month are the ten Wrightbus Gemini integrals, five for Arriva on the 141 which runs from London Bridge Station to Palmers Green, and five for First, running on the 328 between Golders Green and Chelsea.

The first five ADL Enviro400Hs will be with Metroline on the 16, linking Victoria Station and Cricklewood. They will be followed in January by a five for Go-Ahead, on the 24 between Pimlico and Hampstead Heath, and two for Transdev London United operating on the 482 from Southall to Heathrow T5. Five ADL Enviro200H single-deckers join East Thames Buses for the 42, Liverpool Street Station to Denmark Hill.

Volvo’s B5TL hybrids will operate alongside the Wrightbus Geminis on Arriva’s 141 service when they are delivered in January, allowing direct comparisons between series and parallel drive systems.

Although the numbers are small, there will by next month be hybrids in service with all of the major London operators, covering a mix of suburban and central area routes.

www.tfl.gov.uk



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