Merton bus garage

New electric buses are operating from a south-west London bus garage after a new electricity connection was installed.

UK Power Networks has completed work at Merton for Go-Ahead London to enable new electric buses to charge overnight.

The delivery team installed new cables to provide additional power at the garage, which will 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 has enabled more than 500 buses in the capital to turn electric over the past few years.