The 94 bus, operating between Acton Green and Piccadilly Circus, has become west London’s first all-electric double-deck bus route. In addition to cleaning London’s air and tackling the climate emergency, the buses also have a range of customer benefits and innovative safety features. The move is part of a major plan that will ensure all London’s buses are zero-emission, with plans for 2,000 by 2025.
Tackling the twin dangers of air pollution and the climate emergency are key priorities for Transport for London (TfL), with latest plans seeing 2,000 zero-emission buses in London by 2025. 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.
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.
Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, 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. Today’s 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 per cent by October 2020.'
Customers travelling on the route are benefitting from quieter, smoother journeys and free-to-use USB charging points, and the buses also incorporate innovative new safety features required in TfL’s world-leading Bus Safety Standard.
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