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More than 30 electric buses are operating from a bus garage in Camberwell, south London, after its power supply was upgraded.

UK Power Networks has completed work at the Walworth site for Abellio London, to enable new electric buses to charge overnight.

The delivery team installed a new 1000kVA transformer to provide additional power at the garage, which will deliver supplies for 34 electric buses.

By adopting this new approach, costs have been reduced for the bus garage, which is able to draw its maximum power requirement between 11pm and 6am when local electricity demand is very low.

It is the latest in a series of installations in the London area by UK Power Networks. The first was Waterloo bus garage in August 2016, and been followed by bus garages at Shepherd’s Bush, Willesden, West Ham and Northumberland Park.

Stephen Bradley, head of major connections for UK Power Networks, said: “By enabling more buses to run on electricity instead of diesel, we bring another breath of fresh air for Londoners and we are pleased to be playing our part as the city looks forward to a greener future.”

UK Power Networks advises firms and individuals how to best connect EV charge points, and plan electric vehicle fleets, and also runs electric vans in its own operation fleet.