Arriva London set to welcome 50 new Wrightbus zero emission buses built in Ballymena
Arriva London is proud to welcome 50 new zero emission electric vehicles into operation this year, further ensuring their pledge to deliver a sustainable and environmentally friendly bus network.
The vehicles, manufactured by Wrightbus in Ballymena, include an enhanced specification to benefit customer experience - featuring aesthetically pleasing on board lighting, wood effect flooring, hi-resolution destination blinds, digital customer information screens, and USB charging points.
The arrival of the vehicles marks the next phase in the Arriva London sustainability plan, with the new buses set to enter service between May and September 2023.
Arriva London Commercial Director, Graham Davies said:
“Welcoming the new Wrightbus electric fleet into our Enfield and Thornton Heath garages, whilst further strengthening our Brixton based fleet, is an exciting milestone in our continued journey to operating a greener, decarbonised bus network across London. We are delighted to once again be working in partnership with Wrightbus and Zenobe on this project to support TfL’s long-term vision."
Ian Gillott, Managing Director (Parts and Services) at Wrightbus, said:
"It has been a real team effort between Wrightbus and Arriva to deliver these exciting and significant projects.
“It is fantastic to see Arriva taking this vital and progressive step to decarbonise public transport to help the UK hit its ambitious net zero targets. It also illustrates our ambition to be at the forefront of the zero-emission drive in cities, towns and rural areas across the world.
"Wrightbus is at the forefront of this technology. Indeed, the StreetDeck Electroliner BEV is the world's most efficient double deck battery-electric bus. Tests conducted by vehicle testing group UTAC showed the Streetdeck consumed around half the energy as its closest BEV double deck UK rival.
"Not only is it more energy-efficient, but according to Ultra Low Emissions Bus Scheme (ULEB) calculations, the StreetDeck Electroliner also produces 86% less CO2 per km than the ZEMO Euro6 Diesel baseline.
"All of the buses will be manufactured and assembled at our Ballymena factory, which means support for jobs in Northern Ireland, and wider across the UK through our domestic supply chain."