London’s first all-electric double-deck bus route is now in operation, as the capital continues to tackle the climate emergency.
Route 94, operating between Acton Green and Piccadilly Circus has made history by becoming the very first all-electric double-deck route in west London; along with a wide range of customer benefits and innovative safety features, the change to this route will also help to clean up London’s toxic air, tackling the climate emergency in the process.
The Mayor’s plans within the Transport Strategy focus on making the capital’s roads safer and the air cleaner.
It’s almost a year since the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) came into force, with more set to follow.
And the electric bus fleet is expected to grow even further.
These latest plans on this all-electric double-deck route follow the electrification of the 43 and 134 routes last year.
It means London now has 280 electric double-deck buses, and by 2025, there will be 2,000 zero-emission buses.
The buses on the 94 route will deliver quieter, smoother journeys, and passengers will benefit from free-to-use USB charging points.
Another 12 routes will become fully electric over the coming year, in accordance with the plans put in place by Transport for London (TfL).
The Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, said this initiative will dramatically reduce harmful emissions from buses in 2020.
She said: “At City Hall, we are doing everything in our power to tackle London’s toxic air crisis and the climate emergency.
“I am delighted to launch the third route in London that will exclusively use electric double-deck buses and, with many more set to follow by the end of the year, we are continuing to make real progress towards improving air quality in the capital.
“The initiative forms part of our plan to make London’s entire bus fleet greener and cleaner, which is set to reduce bus NOx emissions across the capital by an average of 90% by October 2020.”