Heating on buses

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Dear Transport for London,

On the 232 bus route today the driver was asked why the heating wasn't on and was told by the bus driver that they have been told to no longer use the heaters to save money.

1) Can you please confirm if that is indeed the case. If so does this apply across all bus routes or just specific bus routes, and if the latter does it affect all buses or just specific types such as hybrid, diesel or electric?

Yours faithfully,

Daniel Anderson

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Daniel Anderson,

 

TfL Ref: FOI-2735-2223

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 25^th
January 2023 asking for information about heating on buses.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. 

 

A response will be sent to you by 21^st February 2023.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
[1]www.tfl.gov.uk website. We will not publish your name and we will send
a copy of the response to you before it is published on our website.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David Wells

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

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FOI, Transport for London

Dear Daniel Anderson,

 

TfL Ref: FOI-2735-2223

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 25^th
January 2023 asking for information about heating on buses.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. 

 

Specifically you asked:

 

“On the 232 bus route today the driver was asked why the heating wasn't on
and was told by the bus driver that they have been told to no longer use
the heaters to save money.

 

1) Can you please confirm if that is indeed the case. If so does this
apply across all bus routes or just specific bus routes, and if the latter
does it affect all buses or just specific types such as hybrid, diesel or
electric?”

 

Buses in London are operated by private companies under contract with TfL.
I can confirm that no instructions have been given by TfL to the operators
to disable any bus heating systems. Furthermore, the heating on buses is
automatic with the thermostat set at 15 degrees, independent of any driver
input. However, with doors opening and closing this temperature may not
always be constant.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for please do not hesitate
to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David Wells

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Daniel Anderson,

 

Apologies - further to my email below, please see the attachment referred
to in the last sentence.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David Wells

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

From: FOI
Sent: 07 February 2023 11:58
To: '[FOI #941668 email]'
<[FOI #941668 email]>
Subject: FOI-2735-2223 Heating on buses CRM:0139578

 

Dear Daniel Anderson,

 

TfL Ref: FOI-2735-2223

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 25^th
January 2023 asking for information about heating on buses.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. 

 

Specifically you asked:

 

“On the 232 bus route today the driver was asked why the heating wasn't on
and was told by the bus driver that they have been told to no longer use
the heaters to save money.

 

1) Can you please confirm if that is indeed the case. If so does this
apply across all bus routes or just specific bus routes, and if the latter
does it affect all buses or just specific types such as hybrid, diesel or
electric?”

 

Buses in London are operated by private companies under contract with TfL.
I can confirm that no instructions have been given by TfL to the operators
to disable any bus heating systems. Furthermore, the heating on buses is
automatic with the thermostat set at 15 degrees, independent of any driver
input. However, with doors opening and closing this temperature may not
always be constant.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for please do not hesitate
to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David Wells

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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