Wrightbus in order for 87 zero-emission London buses

The Arriva Wrightbus battery electric bus (BRAVE&ABEL)

Pioneering zero-emission bus manufacturer Wrightbus has secured a new order with Arriva to deliver 87 new buses to London.

The order consists of 11 single-deck GB Kite Electroliners and 76 StreetDeck Electroliners, the world’s most efficient battery electric double-deck bus.

The buses, which will be operated on a number of routes around the capital, are due to be delivered from July and will further strengthen Arriva’s current zero-emissions bus fleet.

It comes on the back of an order the bus operator made last year with the firm for 34 StreetDeck Electroliners and represents one of Arriva UK Bus’s largest investments in a zero-emission fleet.

The buses are being manufactured at Wrightbus’s headquarters in Ballymena, supporting hundreds of new high-skilled jobs to help level up and grow the economy.

Wrightbus chief executive Jean-Marc Gales said: “This is another significant deal for Wrightbus and we are delighted to once again be partnering with Arriva in the drive to zero-emission public transport.

Jean-Marc Gales
Wrightbus chief executive Jean-Marc Gales

“Arriva, like us, is consistently on the forefront of new and exciting technology, and zero-emission travel.

“This latest deal further strengthens the reputation we have forged in the zero-emission transport sector and will help play an important part in the UK’s ambitions for decarbonisation.

“We can’t wait to see even more of our buses in operation in London, which will help passengers enjoy comfortable and cleaner transport.”

Marcos Hart, managing director London at Arriva UK Bus, said: “Ordering these new vehicles represents a fantastic milestone on our journey to making our bus network across London even greener.

“The zero-emission fleet from Wrightbus will help us to continue delivering the high-performing and sustainable public transport network that our customers deserve.”

The StreetDeck Electroliner uses around half the energy consumed by its closest BEV double deck UK rival and also produces 86% less Co2 per km than diesel vehicles.

Wrightbus has been at the forefront of the movement to decarbonise public transport across the UK and Ireland with the Electroliner alongside its world-first hydrogen double deck, the StreetDeck Hydroliner.