Croydon’s first pure electrics

Two Optare MetroCity buses are now in service on route 312 in London. They are Croydon’s first pure electric buses. The service is operated by Arriva and runs between South Croydon and Norwood Junction carrying around 4,700 passengers a day.

TfL’s Director of Buses, Mike Weston, said, ‘We now have a total of eight pure electric buses in the capital’s fleet which will help increase our experience and understanding of this technology. London has always been at the forefront of adopting and trialling new green technology and these buses are a welcome addition to the fleet.’

CEO at Optare, Enrico Vassallo, said, ‘We hope that the success of these vehicles in London and those already in service in London, York, Manchester and Nottingham will lead to more Optare electric buses in the capital helping to contribute to cleaner air for all.’

Arriva London Commercial Director, Peter Batty, said, ‘Electric buses are at the cutting edge of transport technology to improve air quality and everyone involved with route 312 at our garage in South Croydon is looking forward to operating the buses in what is the Year of the Bus.’

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