Bob Hodges Transport DVDs

Electric Buses In & Around London Part 6

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Electrification of London's bus routes continues apace, this DVD covers much of 2022. The BYD/Alexander-Dennis Enviro400EV type of bus features on seven of the eight routes on this DVD, five of these routes are operated by the French Government owned RAPT-DEV Transit which is an offshoot of the Paris Transport Authority. During 2022, RATP started re-branding its buses as RAPT Group, abandoning the London United and London Sovereign fleet names. Early in 2022 RATP started limited operation of electric buses at Fulwell garage using a portable charger, it was several months later that full conversion was possible when work on the charging facilities was complete. The other three routes on this DVD are the 17, operated by Metroline, the 132, operated by Go-Ahead London, this route has the first Enviro400EV's in London that can be opportunity charged via a pantograph receptor on the roof. The final route, 322, is operated by Go-Ahead London with a new type of electric bus in London, the Switch (ex-Optare) MetrocityEV, 8.7m, these buses have the new TfL regulation front end, designed with a slope to the front to deflect anyone unfortunate enough to fall in front of the bus. The details of the bus routes featured on this DVD are as follows:

Route 17: Archway - London Bridge Station,operated by Metroline from their Holloway garage.

Route 49: White City - Clapham Junction, operated by RATP-DEV from their Shepherd's Bush garage.

Route 65: Kingston Upon Thames - Ealing Broadway, operated by RATP-DEV from their Fulwell garage.

Route 132: Bexley heath - North Greenwich, this route is operated by Go-Ahead London from their Bexleyheath garage with EP class Enviro400EV's fitted with roof mounted pantograph receptors for opportunity charging at Bexleyheath garage.

Route X140: London Heathrow Airport - Harrow, limited stop service, operated by RATP-DEV from their Harrow garage.

Route 183: Golders Green - Pinner, also operated by RATP-DEV from their Fulwell garage.

Route 322: Crystal Palace - Clapham Common, operated by Abellio London from their Battersea garage, with Switch (ex-Optare) Metrocity MC870EV 8.7m long battery-electric buses.

Subtitles, no commentary, enjoy the sights and sounds of electric buses in London.

Produced by - Bob Hodges Transport DVD's
Running time - 73 Minutes
Format - 16:9 Widescreen PAL (UK)
DVD only
Released - February 2023

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