Transport for London (TfL) has today announced that the next bus route to be served entirely by New Routemaster buses will be route 12.
A phased conversion of the route, operated by Go-Ahead, runs between Dulwich (Library) and Oxford Circus, via Peckham Rye, Elephant & Castle, Trafalgar Square (Charing Cross), Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus is underway. The route, which runs 24-hours a day, will be running entirely with New Routemaster buses by the end of April.
During peaks hours, 36 of these state of the art buses will be in passenger service to carry the 33,000 people who travel on the route each week day.
Route 12 will operate with the rear platform closed when the bus is moving, with large numbers of passengers able to quickly board and alight using all three sets of doors and two staircases at bus stops.
To date, twelve bus routes in London are operating with New Routemasters, once route 12 has fully converted there will be around 450 of these bespoke buses in passenger service. The conversion of route 12 will be another step towards the delivery of 800 New Routemasters on London's streets by 2016, reducing CO2 emissions in the Capital by around 27,500 tonnes a year.
The introduction of New Routemaster buses is part of a comprehensive programme to reduce emissions from London's bus fleet which includes 1,700 hybrids on the street by 2016, accelerating the introduction of ultra low emission Euro VI buses and retrofitting 1,800 older buses to reduce their NOx emissions by up to 88 per cent.
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