Information about Wrightbus double-deck Hydrogens ordered by TfL

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Dear Transport for London,

I have a Freedom of Information request in regards to the double-deck hydrogen buses.

1. Can you provide full details of the contract for 20 double-deck hydrogen buses with Wrightbus.

2. What is the price tag for an individual double-deck hydrogen bus as compared to the diesel-electric hybrid New Routemaster bus?

3. Will TfL directly own the double-deck hydrogen buses using the same arrangement with 1,000 of the New Routemaster buses?

4. Why is TfL paying for the double-deck hydrogens instead of private bus operators for their contracted routes?

5. When is the double-deck hydrogens expected to be delivered?

6. Which bus routes will they be used on?

7. Which operator will be using the double-deck hydrogens?

8. What is the purpose of purchasing the double-deck hydrogen buses?

9. Have there been any effect to the double-deck hydrogen orders since Wrightbus has gone to administration?

Yours faithfully
Philip Brooker

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Brooker

 

TfL Ref: FOI-2041-1920

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 7
October 2019 asking for information about buses.

 

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Dear Mr Brooker

 

TfL Ref: FOI-2041-1920

 

Thank you for your email received by us on 7 October 2019 asking for
information about buses.

 

Your request is being considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and our information access policy.  I
can confirm we hold some of the information you require.

 

However, in accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act
we are still considering the balance of the public interest in relation to
a qualified exemption that applies to the requested information and have
not yet reached a conclusion. The exemption under consideration is s43 –
commercial interests. It is estimated that a decision will be reached by 3
December 2019 and I will write again to inform you of that decision.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Melissa Nichols

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Brooker

 

Our ref: FOI-2041-1920

                           

Thank you for your request received on 7 October 2019 asking for
information about buses.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our Information Access Policy. I can
confirm we do hold the information you requested. You asked:

 

1. Can you provide full details of the contract for 20 double-deck
hydrogen buses with Wrightbus.

Please see
[1]https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov....

 

2. What is the price tag for an individual double-deck hydrogen bus as
compared to the diesel-electric hybrid New Routemaster bus?

Please see
[2]https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov....

 

3. Will TfL directly own the double-deck hydrogen buses using the same
arrangement with 1,000 of the New Routemaster buses?

Yes.

 

4. Why is TfL paying for the double-deck hydrogens instead of private bus
operators for their contracted routes?

LBSL was awarded Horizon 2020 funding for the purposes of purchasing and
operating hydrogen fuel cell buses.

 

5. When is the double-deck hydrogens expected to be delivered?

Prior to Wrightbus’ administration, we expected bus delivery to start from
the first half of 2020. We are seeking discussions with Bamford Bus
Company over the business areas it is taking forward and the timescales
for these.

 

6. Which bus routes will they be used on?

Potentially routes 7, N7 and 245 but this is subject to agreements of
contract extensions and awards, and may change.

 

7. Which operator will be using the double-deck hydrogens?

Metroline.

 

8. What is the purpose of purchasing the double-deck hydrogen buses?

To operate zero-emissions double deck buses in order to assist with
delivering a zero emission fleet.

 

9. Have there been any effect to the double-deck hydrogen orders since
Wrightbus has gone to administration?

We are seeking discussions with the new owners to understand potential
impacts.

 

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.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Melissa Nichols

 

FOI Case Officer

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

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