Transport for London plan for new electric buses in South West London

Transport for London has bid to cut down emissions by introducing more zero-emission buses to South West London.

The new buses are part of a larger plan to make London a zero-emission network within thirteen years by making all 9,000 buses in TfL’s fleet electric.

In an interview for South West Londoner, Louise Cheeseman, TfL’s director of buses, highlighted the importance of zero-emission buses in making London greener, and encouraged residents to swap the car for the bus.

Cheeseman said: “The buses offer a smooth, quiet journey and offer an attractive alternative to cars.

“We’re encouraging locals to take a ride and see for yourselves.

“Zero-emission buses are already on the roads in South West London and many more will be added to routes in the coming months.”

Zero-emission bus routes are planned for the following: 

  • 65 Brook Street, Kingston Upon Thames to Ealing Broadway 
  • 281 Hounslow Bus station to Tolworth Tower
  • 371 Manor Road, Richmond Upon Thames to Kingston Hall Road, Kingston Upon Thames
  • X140 Heathrow Central Bus Station to Harrow Bus Station

Zero-emission bus routes already in operation include route 70, between Chiswick and South Kensington.

Electric buses were added to route 200 between Mitcham and Raynes Park as well as route 319 between Streatham Hill and Sloane Square.

Across London there are nearly 1,000 zero-emission buses either on order or in operation.

Cheeseman said: “The climate crisis is an emergency.

“Now we have reduced levels of harmful nitrogen oxide on our bus network to improve air quality, our big focus is to cut carbon and make it even greener.

“We already have the largest zero-emission network in western Europe, but we won’t stop there, and now we have committed to all new buses being zero-emission.

“We’ve brought forward our original target for a fully zero-emission fleet by three years to 2034 and with government funding that could be 2030.

“Swapping the car for the bus helps drive down emissions even further.”

Featured Image Credit: Transport for London

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