March 18 2022
On 7th March 2022, Abellio London's Managing Director joined Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on a visit to Wrightbus’ Ballymena factory, to see a fleet of new cutting-edge electric buses being made.
He was part of a delegation that visited Wrightbus’ facility in Northern Ireland to see the production of new electric double decker buses - due to appear on London’s roads in October.
The high specification buses, ordered by Abellio London, are the first electric double deckers to be manufactured for London in Northern Ireland and will be rolled out in October on the route 111, linking Kingston to Heathrow - adding another 30 double decker electric buses to the capital’s roads.
This forms part of the Mayor’s ongoing commitment to clean up London’s buses to improve its toxic air and tackle the climate emergency. There are already around 750 electric and zero emissions buses on the streets of London.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, said: “Londoners will soon see the all-electric buses built at this Ballymena factory on the capital’s roads, adding to our ever increasing zero-emissions bus fleet and illustrating how investment in our capital can support innovation and jobs in green technology across the country.
Jon Eardley, Managing Director of Abellio London Bus, said: “The new electric buses that Abellio is bringing to the capital this Autumn will benefit Londoners and support jobs across the UK.
“Our order with Wrightbus will continue the commitment to improve the travel experience for customers by adding more state of the art, best-in-class electric buses to the streets of London, cleaning the air and helping to deliver the Mayor’s zero emission ambition.
“By working in partnership with Wrightbus and leveraging its skills and expertise we’ve co-produced a great vehicle for a great city, which everyone can be extremely proud of.”