The new express bus set to begin between Thamesmead and Bromley will see New Routemaster buses on the route.
It will be the first time the Thomas Hetherwick-designed buses will run in outer south east London since introduction over a decade ago.
The buses divided opinion with many complaining of excessive heat with the name Roastmaster becoming a common nickname. Opening windows were eventually installed to improve ventilation.
SL5 buses will run from Thamesmead to Abbey Wood then onto Bexleyheath before terminating in Bromley.
They’ll be far fewer stops than normal bus routes with the hope of greatly speeding up journeys. That should certainly be the case between Thamesmead and Abbey Wood station.
Bus use around Abbey Wood station has doubled since the start of Elizabeth line services.
Existing routes that run parallel to the SL3 will remain such as the 301 from Bexleyheath to Abbey Wood. That route continues on to Woolwich and is planned for extension to Charlton when more homes are built as part of the 8,000-home Charlton Riverside masterplan area.
EDIT: I notice the Evening Standard are reporting this as if the Euro VI hybrids are a bad thing in terms of emissions.
A bit odd given there’s other Superloop routes coming that will use purely diesel buses – and single-deckers at that. Plus, hybrids are an improvement compared to many of the purely diesel buses seen in much of the area. Many routes are using 10+ year old diesels.
In time purely electric buses would be great – but it’s not easy to get the charging network in place. This will certainly help as an interim measure to greatly improve links in south east London.