On Saturday 30 April Abellio increased its fleet size in one night as two new Transport for London bus routes came into operation with 41 additional buses.
Abellio commenced operating the 322 (Clapham Common-Crystal Palace) from its Battersea depot, while the 111 (Kingston to Heathrow Airport via Hounslow) rolled out from the Twickenham garage. The new TfL contracts will operate for 7 years.
The route starts are the culmination of months of hard work and preparation from staff right across the company - and Abellio London has drawn upon its experience in mobilising new bus routes in the capital, to ensure all aspects are covered and the transition is a smooth one.
A fleet of 30 Wrightbus Electroliner zero emission vehicles, manufactured in Belfast, will enter service during 2022 on route 111. These will be the first Electroliner vehicles to enter service in London.On route 322, a fleet of 11 Switch Mobility MetroCity single decker buses will enter service in 2022. These will be the first Switch Mobility vehicles to enter service in London.
The Wrightbus Electroliner has a range of up to 200 miles and a fast charge time
of just 2.5 hours ensures longer journeys with fewer recharging breaks
Jon Eardley, Managing Director, Abellio London Bus, said: “The commencement of these routes is an exciting moment for everyone at Abellio London, and reflects our ambition and growing reputation as an operator of choice. Once again we are showing our expertise in effective mobilisation of quality bus services, ensuring a smooth transition and a safe experience for customers.
“We’ve been steadily increasing the size of our zero-emission fleet, and the launch of further state-of-the-art electric buses on routes 111 and 322 in the coming months will see us cement our reputation for operating one of the cleanest bus fleets in the country.
“We’re committed to working long-term with innovative manufacturers and TfL to help realise the Mayor of London’s ambition to have a zero-emissions bus system in the capital by 2030.”
Driver Dean Riordan, who works out of the Twickenham depot said: “It’s an exciting moment for everyone involved at Abellio London. I’m looking forward to getting out and driving on the 111 route, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for customers.”