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New hybrid buses coming to route 54

Photo courtesy: grassrootsgroundswell under Creative Commons 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Not an electric bus

Some good news for south east London’s beleaguered bus network with news that route 54 from Woolwich to Elmers End will see hybrid buses under a new contract – and no apparent cuts.

Get your scrapbooks out bus spotters – the new vehicles are listed as Enviro 400H which according to manufacturers gives out 37% fewer “greenhouse gas emissions”.

The 54 route passes through Charlton after departing Woolwich before heading to Blackheath, Lewisham, Catford, Bellingham and Elmers End.

Courtesy TfL

TfL are due to release a list of imminent bus changes later today and a cut or two is usually included. It’s where the officially announced the 486 cut which took effect on Saturday.

Cuts to services across London are documented here. But for now let’s embrace a bit of good news.



  1. Chris L

    The 54 and 75 currently have hybrids. These will transfer to the 53 to replace some Volvo hybrids of the same age, The new buses are smart hybrids so should produce lower emissions.

  2. CDT

    Excellent news – It has been a long time since we have received any good news with regard to our local bus services in this part of South East London.

  3. Chris L

    As hybrids are already used any reduction in emissions will not be as great as in the brochure suggests.

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