Hertfordshire traffic and travel: Metroline bus operator launches its first electric service outside of London in Herts

Hertfordshire traffic and travel: Metroline bus operator launches its first electric service outside of London in Herts

Leading bus operator Metroline has launched its first electric bus outside of London today.

The new zero-emission single-deck bus on the PB1 route has began its service, operating from the Metroline Potters Bar bus garage (Tuesday, January 11).

The new bus will be playing a key role in reducing the county’s carbon footprint, hopefully leading to a cleaner, greener future.

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The new electric bus was decided upon as part of Metroline’s renewed agreement with Hertfordshire County Council to continue to operate the Route PB1 in Potters Bar and the surrounding area.

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Metroline is the operator of London’s most environmentally friendly fleet which already includes 90 electric vehicles and 20 hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The PBR route was first launched in 1977 and is essential for the people of Potters Bar. Starting and terminating at Potters Bar railway station, the route is highly important to those in the area for quick and easy access for those without cars.

The route has 32 stops with a total duration under 30 minutes, with stops at the high street, local shops and doctor’s surgery.

The bus is Optare’s first single-deck electric vehicle; built to order, it is a versatile and lightweight model able to seat up to 24 passengers. The bus has a forecast range of at least 150 miles on a single charge.

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Speaking about the launch of the bus, Andrew Hunter, Group Performance & Commercial Development Director, Metroline, said: “We are delighted to be launching our first electric bus outside of London into service on the Route PB1.

“As our first electric bus on Hertfordshire’s roads, we are proud Metroline is able to play a role in making the county more environmentally friendly, and helping to keep the air clean for our customers and residents.

“Over the last three years we have been industry leaders in electric and hydrogen vehicles, and our engineering teams are experienced in working with zero-emissions, pollution free vehicles, and are confident in maintaining a high quality electric experience for our customers who use the route.”

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