London bus garage goes electric

More than 30 environmentally-friendly buses are now operating from a Camberwell bus garage with a new electricity connection.

The work by UK Power Networks for bus operator Abellio London will enable electric buses to charge overnight.

The energy company installed a new 1000kVA transformer to provide additional power at the garage, which will power some 34 buses – 24 for one route and a further 10 working on another route.

The energy strategy has reduced costs for the bus garage which can draw its power requirement between 11pm and 6am when local demand is at its lowest.

The news follows previous installations by UK Power Networks including at Waterloo bus garage in 2016, which saved 900 tonnes of CO2 in its first year. Other projects have also been included at garages at Shepherd’s Bush, Willesden, West Ham and Northumberland Park.

Speaking about the installation, head of major connections for UK Power Networks, Stephen Bradley, 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.”

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