London’s first electric double-decker route begins

London’s route 94 has become the capital’s first all-electric double-deck bus route.

Operated by RATP Dev, the route runs between Acton Green and Piccadilly Circus. The electrification of the 94 route follows the 43 and 134 routes in 2019, and brings the current total of electric double-deck buses in the capital to 280. Buses on the route also feature innovative new safety features in line with TfL’s Bus Safety Standard guidelines and will be involved in the trial of an acoustic vehicle alerting system (AVAS) that alerts road users to the presence of quieter running electric vehicles.

In addition to the route 94, another 12 routes are expected to become fully electric over the course of this year. The C3, operating between West Cromwell Road and Clapham Junction, and the 23, operating between Westbourne Park and Hammersmith, are the next bus routes to be electrified.

Claire Mann, TfL’s Director of Bus Operations, said: “London is a leading world city at the heart of global innovation and it is the latest green technology, like electric double decks, that will help tackle the air quality crisis and climate emergency. These new buses, first introduced on north London’s routes 43 and 134 last year and now on west London’s route 94, are marking a major moment on the road to a fully zero-emission fleet. With more electric double-deck buses to follow, and all new single-deck buses required to be zero-emission from next year, buses are helping to bring the capital’s air inside legal limits.”

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