Transport for London (TfL) has announced that two further bus routes, the 507 and 521, will operate entirely with all-electric buses next year, lowering carbon emissions and helping to improve London's air quality.
According to TfL, the five-year contract to operate the routes has been awarded to Go Ahead following a competitive tender process and will mean that 51 electric buses will operate across the two routes, which will become the second and third pure-electric bus routes in London. Go Ahead will confirm which manufacturer will supply the buses in due course.
By 2020, TfL says, all 300 single-deck buses operating in central London will be zero emission (either electric or hydrogen) and all 3,000 double-decker buses will be hybrid.
Notably, though, London Mayor Boris Johnson also recently announced a ‘world's first’ trial of a pure-electric double-decker bus slated to begin in October.