Questions Raised Over Sadiq Khan's New Fleet Of Electric Buses

21 June 2018, 10:28

A former TfL chief has said he has questions over how efficient London's new range of electric buses will be.

Sadiq Khan has announced a new fleet of 68 zero-emission double-decker buses, with two routes - two routes from Barnet to central London exclusively operated by these buses.

Daniel Moylan, the former Deputy Chairman of TfL, said he was trying to bring in electric buses during his time running London's transport, but the technology wasn't good enough.

And he revealed he has questions as to how long the buses will be out of action while they recharge.

Speaking to Nick Ferrari, he said: "Manufacturers have been really struggling to develop batteries which can carry the load of a double-decker bus.

"We'll have to see whether this is actually going to work."

Sadiq Khan launched London's new electric buses
Sadiq Khan launched London's new electric buses. Picture: PA

Mr Moylan says he has operational questions over the buses: "If you run a bus from Friern Barnet into town and back, I assume the battery will be flat by the time it gets to Barnet.

"What is the charging time between them? How much downtime do the buses have while charging."

He was also frustrated that TfL have been refusing to comment on the cost of the buses, saying it was commercially-sensitive information.