Walworth Road bus garage goes electric

More than 30 environmentally-friendly buses are operating from a Camberwell bus garage, thanks to a new electricity connection.

UK Power Networks has completed work at the Walworth site for Abellio London to enable new electric buses to charge overnight, with the project representing a major contribution towards reducing pollution.

The delivery team installed a new 1000kVA transformer to provide additional power at the garage. This will deliver supplies for 34 electric buses – 24 buses for the C10 route and 10 buses for the P5 route.

By adopting this new approach, costs have been reduced for the bus garage, which is able to draw its maximum power requirement between 11pm and 6am when local electricity demand is very low.

This is the latest installation by UK Power Networks to ensure the buses help to meet the UK’s low net zero target and improve London’s air quality. The first was Waterloo bus garage in London in August 2016, which was the first in the UK and saved 900 tonnes of CO2 in its first year. It has since been followed by bus garages at Shepherd’s Bush, Willesden, West Ham and Northumberland Park.

Stephen Bradley, head of major connections for UK Power Networks, says: “By enabling more buses to run on electricity instead of diesel, we bring another breath of fresh air for Londoners and we are pleased to be playing our part as the city looks forward to a greener future.”

UK Power Networks is leading the development of a smart, flexible grid to support electric vehicles, improve air quality and reduce the capital’s carbon footprint. It advises firms and individuals how to best connect EV charge points, and plan electric vehicle fleets, and also runs electric vans in its own operation fleet.

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