Bus costs

MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What is the cost of a) a diesel double decker bus, and b) a Euro VI hybrid double decker bus?


Answer for Bus costs

Answer for Bus costs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Bus operators bid for bus route contracts which includes the cost of vehicles. The premium for hybrid diesel-electric buses is around 2% on a network basis, and continues to fall. A few operators now make no differential between their prices for diesel or hybrid.

TfL does not purchase standard conventional diesel or hybrid diesel-electric buses so is unable to answer this question accurately.

Vehicles are purchased by the bus operators and the unit price will depend on their specification, volumes and finance arrangements, noting that the majority have large-volume contracts for their annual requirements beyond London.