Transport for London plan for new electric buses in south west London

Transport for London has offered to reduce 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 with South West Londoners, Louise Cheeseman, TfL’s director of buses, highlighted the importance of zero-emission buses to make London greener and urged residents to replace the car with the bus.

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

“We encourage locals to take a walk and see for themselves.

“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 almost 1,000 zero-emission buses either on order or in operation.

Cheeseman said: “The climate crisis is an emergency.

“Now we have reduced the level of harmful nitric oxide on our bus network to improve air quality, our major focus is to reduce carbon and make it even greener.

“We already have the largest zero-emission network in Western Europe, but we do not stop there, and now we have committed ourselves to all new buses having zero-emission.

“We have advanced our original target for a fleet with full zero emissions by three years to 2034 and with state aid that could be 2030.

“Replacing the car with the bus helps reduce emissions even more.”

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