Arriva to run London’s first all electric route

TfL has announced that Arriva has been awarded the contract to run route 312, which will become the first in London to be operated entirely by electric buses. Arriva, which already operates route 312, was re-awarded the contract from September 2015after a competitive tender process. There are currently two Optare MetroCity electric single deck buses on the service, which runs between South Croydon and Norwood Junction. These two buses have been used as an initial test to establish whether the technology could stand up to the rigours of operating in an intense urban environment such as London. Arriva is currently in talks with bus manufacturers with a view to adding a further seven electric buses to the route. A date for the full conversion to all electric buses will be confirmed later this year.

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