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11.3.15

ELECTRIC BUSES * UK: First all electric bus route

* England - Number 312 from South Croydon to Norwood Junction to be London's first all electric bus route

-- The number 312 from Norwood Junction to South Croydon is to be London’s first all electric bus route... Transport for London announced this week Arriva had been re-awarded the contract for the route and will roll out single decker electric buses after a successful trial... Two Optare MetroCity electric buses have been operating on the route for the last few months as a test to see whether the technology was suited to operating in an intense urban environment... Arriva is now in talks with bus manufacturers about adding a further seven electric buses to the route, with a date for the 312’s route conversion to be confirmed later in the year... Mike Weston, TfL’s director of buses, said: ... "the electric buses will improve passengers’ experiences as they make less noise and vibration". It should also save bus companies money with lower maintenance and running costs... If the entirely electric 312 bus route is a success, it could lead to electric buses being rolled out across London... TfL hopes to introduce more than 500 buses to the streets of London over the next five years as part of £500 million worth of funding to improve the bus network... (Image: The number 312 is to become an electric-only bus route) - London, EN, UK - The Croydon Advertiser - March 03, 2015

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