New Bus for London Dossier (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3002
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Forty bus drivers at Holloway Garage have prepared a dossier on problems with the New Bus for London. The drivers report that because the batteries powering the hybrid system do not work, the buses operate on diesel for 90 per cent of the time. Can you comment on this claim and can you explain how long, on average, a New Bus for London is expected to operate on diesel and electricity?

Answer

Answer for New Bus for London Dossier (1)

Answer for New Bus for London Dossier (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Neither TfL nor Metroline has seen this dossier nor, as far as Metroline is aware, has its local union representatives. TfL is therefore unable to comment on the dossier and if you are able to provide TfL with a full version of the dossier TfL will be more than happy to provide a comprehensive response.

Concerns have previously been raised about the performance of the batteries on earlier vehicles. An improved battery design was introduced on new deliveries and any older ones which fail are repaired or replaced. This has all been done by the manufacturers within the warranty period, at no cost to TfL, or the fare or tax payer.