Taking the lead with electric ‘deckers

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A range of vehicles operated by Metroline: a diesel ADL Enviro200 alongside a BYD ADL Enviro200EV, an MCV eVoSeti-bodied Volvo and the two new electric double-deckers – a BYD ADL Enviro400 and an Optare Metrodecker

Metroline has been making headlines recently for its decision to operate London’s first two entirely electric double-decker bus routes. With the first of the vehicles beginning to enter service, James Day spoke to recently-appointed Group Engineering Director Ian Foster and Project Manager Paul Wastell to find out how it has come to fruition

Metroline is in the process of receiving 67 electric double-decker buses, which has required significant overhauls of two of its depots – Holloway and Potters Bar. The process has not been an easy one, but has been expertly managed by Paul Wastell, who is handling the project at both depots.

Metroline’s Group Engineering Director, Ian Foster, described it as an exciting time for the business. He said: “We like to be at the forefront of smart technologies and new systems being released into the market where possible, and it fits well with fleet development and the aims of our wider Group.”

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