Transport for London (TfL) has announced the addition of more than 80 zero-emission buses to its fleet in the south London borough of Sutton, bringing the total operating in the area to nearly 100.
By boosting its electric bus fleet, TfL said it aims to deliver an extra one million bus kilometres in outer London annually.
TfL has introduced the new electric buses on routes 93, 154, 164, 213 and 80, joining the zero-emission buses already operating on Route 413.
This means that half of all bus journeys undertaken in the borough are now zero-emission, with more zero-emission buses set to join the borough’s fleet in spring 2024.
Louise Cheeseman, director of buses at TfL, said: “Thanks to the introduction of these new vehicles, half of the bus journeys undertaken in the borough will be zero emission, helping to improve the air quality for those who work and live in the area, or who travel to Sutton to visit its leading cancer treatment and research facilities.”
Sutton is also set to benefit from improvements to bus services, providing new or better connections across the borough and between town centres and hospitals, adding more than 400,000km to the area’s network.
The introduction of the new buses follows the recent milestone of more than 1,000 zero-emission buses operating across the UK capital, now taking the total to more than 1,100 green buses and putting TfL on track to transition to a fully zero-emission bus fleet by 2034.