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Merton bus garage gears up for to zero-emission operations

Environmentally-friendly buses are operating from a South West London bus garage, thanks to a new electricity connection.

From News & press - 19 August 2021 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks has completed work at Merton for Go-Ahead London, to enable new electric buses to charge overnight, with the project representing a major contribution towards reducing local pollution levels, while helping the UK’s transition to Net Zero.

The delivery team installed new cables to provide additional power at the garage, which deliver supplies for 17 electric buses operating on route 200 from Mitcham to Raynes Park.

The work has reduced running costs for the bus garage, which is able to charge its new fleet when local electricity demand is very low.

Irvine Nyamapfene, project manager at UK Power Networks, said: “This is bringing another breath of fresh air for Londoners and we are pleased to be playing a key part in the city looking forward to a greener future.”

Richard Harrington, director at Go-Ahead London, said: "As the capital's largest bus company, and the UK's biggest individual e-bus operator, we are at the forefront of zero-emission technology.  Go-Ahead London and UK Power Networks have worked collaboratively to electrify Route 200 and, in the process, improve air quality for the local communities we serve."

UK Power Networks, the firm that keeps power flowing across London, the South East and East of England has enabled more than 500 buses in the capital to turn electric over the last few years, to help meet the Government’s 2050 target of net zero emissions.

UK Power Networks is a global leader (ranked top in the Smart Grid Index) in the development of smart, flexible electricity grids to support Electric Vehicles, improve air quality and reduce the capital’s carbon footprint. It advises companies and individuals how to best connect charge points, and plan new fleets.