Energy Globe World Award 2019
Finalist in the category Fire
Spurred by the introduction of an Ultra-Low Emission Zone for part of the capital in 2019, Transport for London intends to introduce Europe’s largest fleet of electric buses. Therefore, it chose to partner Go-Ahead London, the biggest bus company in the capital, on an ambitious garage conversion, from diesel to electric operation, which was delivered on-time and to budget in 2016.
As with any world city, London’s transport system evolves and it is on the cusp of additional volume being added to it, most notably in the form of the Elizabeth Line, a heavy rail scheme linking the eastern suburbs to those in the west (and well beyond in both directions), via the heart of the city. In 2000, London elected its first citywide Mayor and in the intervening 18-years, the bus system has benefitted from a period of sustained growth, supported by record levels of volume, frequency and quality.
In early 2015, having successfully secured a five-year contract to run London bus routes 507 and 521, work started on converting the site, in readiness for a full fleet of electric buses the following year. The project brief was to achieve the minimum amount of disruption to the traveling public and neighbors. The garage maintained 99.8 per cent operated mileage throughout this time, while pro-actively consulting the community, with no major issues raised by those living and working in the vicinity.
E-buses drive in a completely different style to diesels and the drivers were re-educated, especially when it comes to acceleration and braking. One of the many benefits is that a fleet of two-year old buses look like new, with little or no bodywork damage and very limited brake pad wear, as a result of regenerative braking.