London, United Kingdom (Urban Transport News): In partnership with Tower Transit, a bus operator in London and part of the SeaLink Travel Group, Siemens Smart Infrastructure provided the charging infrastructure for 37 new fully-electric double-decker buses in London. Westbourne Park garage, on the Great Western Road, is the operator’s first depot in London incorporating fully electric routes with power infrastructure, maintenance and charging facilities. Bus routes 23 and C3 operate from the Westbourne Park site, with the first few Optare Metrodecker zero-emission double-deckers already in operation, the remaining fleet is expected to be in service in the next months.
Matthias Rebellius, Managing Board Member of Siemens AG and CEO of Smart Infrastructure, said:
Helping Tower Transit deliver its first depot for fully-electric routes, with these iconic double-decker buses, is an important milestone for both the operator and London, as progress continues to be made with improving the air quality and lives of people in the capital. The work at Westbourne Park reinforces Siemens’ growing reputation as one of the world’s leading providers of electrical infrastructure and transport solutions, which are paving the way towards the electrification of the transport sector.
As part of a global transport group, we are committed to delivering safe, sustainable and innovative transport solutions, which includes electric buses in Australia, and the recent establishment of the world’s first hydrogen bus consortium. We are pleased to have been working together with Siemens to deliver this milestone project for Tower Transit and SeaLink Travel Group, aligning with industry best partners to showcase our innovative, result-driven capabilities with the introduction of 37 zero-emission buses to our fleet and supporting TfL to continue to improve the air quality in London.
As part of our aim, to tackle London’s air-quality crisis, we are continuing to grow our electric bus fleet, which is already one of the largest in Europe. To support this growth, we need the right infrastructure in place. This new charging facility at Westbourne Park is another step in the right direction. Not only do electric buses reduce emissions but they also provide customers with smoother, quieter journeys and the new double-deck Optare buses on routes 23 and C3 will come with the latest safety features and include USB chargers at seats.