Hybrid upgrade for TfL route 285

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The existing single-decker buses running of Transport for London (TfL) bus route 285 were replaced by 20 double-decker Wrightbus-bodied Volvo B5LH hybrids on Saturday, June 13. The new buses have increased capacity on the route by nearly 60%.

Route 285, which runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is operated by RATP Dev London and runs from Heathrow Airport Central to Kingston via Harlington Corner, Hatton Cross, Faggs Road, Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton Hill, Teddington and Hampton Wick.

John Barry, TfL’s Head of Network Development for buses, said: “Customers travelling on route 285’s new hybrid double-decker buses will now benefit from nearly 60% more capacity – with buses able to carry 87 rather than 55 people. They will also experience lower noise and vibration levels on these environmentally friendly buses.

“These changes are just one example of how we are improving local bus services whilst also improving the environment and air quality in the Capital.”

Richard Hall, RATP Dev London’s Managing Director, said: ”We are committed to working in partnership with TfL, our suppliers and contractors to introduce environmentally friendly transport products to the market, thus lowering our carbon footprint.”’