New Routemaster: next route…
TfL has announced that the next bus route to be served entirely by New Routemasters will be the London General operated 453. From 18 October there will be a phased conversion of the route, which runs 24 hours a day between Deptford Broadway and Marylebone station. It is expected to be fully converted to the new buses by mid November. During peaks hours, 35 of these buses will be in service carrying the 28,000 people who travel on the route each weekday. To date, eight bus routes in the capital are being served by around 260 New Routemasters. The conversion of route 453 will mark the halfway point to delivering 600 of these new buses on London’s streets by 2016.
…and 50% better on fuel
Figures recently released by TfL show the average fuel consumption of the New Routemasters in service is around 50% better than the buses that operated on the routes before them. Fuel economy on the individual routes was: Route 11, from 4.7 MPG to 7.4 MPG (57% increase); Routes 24 and 390 (combined), from 5.4 MPG to 7.4 MPG (37% increase); Route 9, from 3.9 MPG to 6.2 MPG (59% increase); Route 148, from 5 MPG to 6.9 MPG (38% increase) and Route 10, from 4.4 MPG to 6.5 MPG (48% increase).