Go-Ahead London is celebrating having won gold at the prestigious UK Bus Awards 2017 for its electric buses initiative.
The project took joint gold alongside Nottingham City Council, in the Environment Award category which is sponsored by Volvo Bus. The award recognises efforts made to improve the green credentials of bus services across Great Britain.
Over the last year, Go-Ahead London has delivered a fleet of 51 pure electric buses, working with the Mayor's Office and Transport for London (TfL), as well as UK Power Networks and Scottish Southern Electric to install electrical capacity at the Waterloo Depot. The space was converted from diesel operation to plug in electric thanks to meticulous planning and engagement with employees, neighbours, suppliers and bus industry colleagues.
Nottingham City Council were also awarded gold for deploying 13 long-range battery electric buses for its Ecolink and Centrelink Park and Ride sites in the city.
Mark Yexley, Chairman of the UK Bus Awards, said: “The judges were really impressed with the scale of the scheme - the largest plug in electric bus project in Europe and possibly the world! Go-Ahead London deserves credit for overcoming the many practical obstacles to covert the depot to all-electric running too.”
“We would like to congratulate both Go-Ahead London and Nottingham City Council on their outstanding success, there was a lot of tough competition. Well done from everyone at the UK Bus Awards”
Silver recognition went to Lothian Buses for its Bus 2020 strategy and bronze went to First York for its York Park and Ride Electric Buses.