A new contract has been awarded that will see a mix of new electric vehicles and existing hybrids used on bus route 180.
The route runs from Belvedere through Abbey Wood, Plumstead, Woolwich, Charlton, Greenwich then on to Lewisham. It was planned to divert the route away from Lewisham to North Greenwich from 2018 but that never happened, and a TfL tender document still shows the route as Lewisham:
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The contract is due to start in October 2021.
The switch from Lewisham to North Greenwich was controversial given it was the only bus link to Lewisham from some areas that already have a number of routes to North Greenwich.
There were always question marks over capacity at North Greenwich. The current bus station is due to be demolished in plans approved last month which would see a new bus station constructed, but that is some way off. Plans announced for a new bus station announced in 2017 never progressed and were scrapped in 2019.
London’s first all electric bus route commenced in February 2020. While the 180 will not be solely electric, this will help air quality through areas of high pollution and busy High Streets.