New Routemaster for London
Paul Harrison made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Transport for London
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Dear Transport for London,
I would like to make an enquiry regarding the future of the New Routemaster for London vehicles.
As many routes are due for electric vehicles especially in Central London, what are the plans for the existing bus routes operating with the New Routemaster for London vehicles? I have heard that they will be replaced with fully electric buses and the New Routemasters will be phased on to other greater London routes?
Will the routes currently operating with the New Routemasters continue for the long term?
I hope you can assist me with my enquiry.
Transport for London
27 February 2020
I hope you’re well.
Thank you for getting in touch with us about the New RouteMaster buses. I
apologise for the delay in getting back to you.
We’ve been working with a backlog of emails and, unfortunately, couldn’t
respond to you as quickly as we’d like to on this occasion. I appreciate
any disappointment caused and please rest assured that we’ve taken the
appropriate steps to prevent this from happening again.
Our growing fleet of greener buses now include over 200 electric buses,
and from Autumn 2020, all new single deck buses entering the fleet will be
zero emission at tailpipe. These will be a mix of hydrogen buses and
electric buses and will contribute to improving air quality and are also
quieter, with lower vibration levels for a more comfortable journey.
We envisage hybrid buses, such as the New Routemasters continuing to be an
integral part of our fleet and being joined by rising numbers of solely
electric buses. As it stands, there are no plans for further New
Routemaster vehicles, and the contract for the 1000 buses have been
completed and can’t be extended.
We plan to increase the number of zero emission buses to 2,000 by March
2025 and make our entire fleet zero emission by 2037. We envisage this as
being the quickest and most affordable transition of the further
improvements in battery technology that are forecast over the next few
Again, I apologise for the inconvenience caused.
As always, if there’s anything else we can help you with, please reply to
this email. Alternatively, you can call us on 0343 222 1234 and we'll be
happy to help you.
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TfL stated on previous FOI requests they have no plans to withdraw New Routemaster buses from service and they are Euro 6 compliant for the ULEZ.