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Fourth London bus route turns all-electric

 A fourth London bus route has turned all-electric, thanks to a partnership between BYD and ADL, Go Ahead London and Transport for London.

11 of the 10.8 metre BYD ADL Enviro200EV single decker began servicing route 153 at 5 am on Saturday 3rd February, based out of the Northumberland Park Garage in Tottenham and travelling between Finsbury Park and Moorgate in the City of London. BYD also supplied the depot with its self-designed and manufactured charging points.

The Enviro200EV buses have already provided safe and efficient service on three other routes operated by Go Ahead London, with other routes and operators to receive fleets of BYD ADL electric buses in the future following tender wins by the partnership.

“We are delighted to make another significant step in the electrification of London’s bus routes and to be in the vanguard of the transformation. At Go-Ahead we have developed considerable practical knowledge of electric bus operation, gained over six years, and are well positioned to contribute further to the improvement of the capital’s air quality”, said Richard Harrington, Go-Ahead Group’s Engineering Director.

“The smooth switch on of our electric buses to operate another intensive London route is a testament to the strength of our overall offering – not just the proven and reliable buses themselves but of the back up and support of our partners in planning and installing the necessary equipment to make electric bus operation successful from day one”, said Frank Thorpe, UK Country Manager for BYD UK, speaking on behalf of the ADL BYD partnership.

Source: SMMT

Mayor unveils first fully electric bus routes for central London

byd-electric-bus-london-570x321The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London (TfL) have announced that the capital will own Europe’s largest fleet of electric buses, as they revealed the first two all-electric bus routes for central London.

The Mayor announced that routes 507 and 521 will exclusively run a 51-strong fleet of all-electric buses by the end of the year, as part of his ambitious campaign for a dramatic improvement in of air quality in the capital. Combined with 22 all-electric buses already running in outer London, it will take the capital’s entire fleet of electric buses up to 73 – the largest in Europe.

The move to the all-electric single-deck buses, made in Britain by Chinese company BYD and British manufacturer ADL, will eliminate NOx emissions on the routes and reduce CO2 emissions by 40 per cent. The buses will also be the first to include screens showing the next five stops and how the Tube and Overground is running, as well as 12 seats with USB sockets to help passengers charge their phones.

The first nine of these buses were unveiled at Waterloo Bus Garage today (9 September). Earlier in the morning the Mayor met with Xu Qin, the Mayor of Shenzhen, China, to mark the launch day and discuss approaches to tackling air pollution.

The phased delivery of the 51 buses marks a significant step forward in the Mayor’s comprehensive plan to transform the capital’s bus fleet. This plan includes all 300 single-deck buses that travel through central London to be zero emission by 2020, and all 3,100 double deck buses to be hybrid by 2019.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: `It’s vital that we act now to clean-up our capital’s toxic air and do everything we can to help prevent the thousands of deaths it causes each year.

`I’ve set out a comprehensive plan to improve our air, and the transformation of London’s bus fleet will play a key role in making our transport cleaner and heathier.

`These first two electric bus routes right through the heart of London are another step towards the end of conventional diesel buses on our roads. This will deliver extensive air quality benefits and position us as a true world leader in adopting ultra low emission vehicle technology.’

TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, Leon Daniels, said: `These are the first two electric routes that travel through the heart of the capital. They will mean better air quality and better journeys for customers – with less noise and vibration than traditional buses. Today is a real game-changer in the drive to green the capital’s transport network.’

Isbrand Ho, Managing Director of BYD Europe, said: `Today is the culmination of several years of hard work and we are delighted to be here with our partners TfL, Go-Ahead and ADL inaugurating Europe’s largest electric bus fleet. We are proud that the previous largest fleet – of 35 ebuses – was also supplied by BYD to Amsterdam Schiphol airport. In the UK we have a dedicated support team, a new office, a new Country Manager and will shortly be acquiring a workshop and parts store within London. We are in discussion with several potential customers for our electric buses and look forward to helping more operators and their city governments to assist in improving air quality’, he said.

Colin Robertson, CEO of ADL, said: `These world-class vehicles are a product of partnership – in collaborating with BYD, our shared vision has been to provide an electric vehicle solution which responds to all of our customers’ needs. At the core of our company is our commitment to designing, developing and manufacturing the vehicles which incorporate the latest technologies to deliver market-leading reliability, low total cost of ownership and environmental benefits. The premium interior specification options will contribute to an outstanding passenger experience, underlining our commitment to increasing ridership and bus usage in congested cities. Seeing this fleet of vehicles enter into service is a milestone event for all of us and we look forward to continuing our collaboration.’

In May, the Mayor announced a number of far-reaching proposals to clean-up London’s toxic air. As part of this, he is making sure that TfL leads by example with a comprehensive plan to transform the capital’s bus fleet. This includes:

  • Making sure all double decker buses operating in the central Ultra Low Emission Zone comply a year earlier by 2019, meaning each of the 3,100 double-deck buses operating in the zone will be Euro VI hybrid
  • Expanding the ULEZ retrofit programme up to 3,000 buses outside the central zone by 2020 (up from 800) and to 4,200 by 2021 (over 5,000 in total)
  • Procuring only hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses from 2018
  • Low Emission Bus Zones, operational by 2020, that will see NOx emissions along particular routes fall by around 84 per cent.

London currently has around 2,000 hybrid electric buses, representing around 20 per cent of the fleet, and one purely electric route.

In addition, there are eight zero emission hydrogen buses operating and TfL is trailing inductive charging technology that enables diesel-electric hybrid buses to charge their batteries wirelessly while they wait at bus terminals.

TfL has also accelerated the introduction of ultra-low emission Euro VI buses with more than 1,500 in service.

In May the Mayor announced a number of proposals to improve the Capital’s air quality. Those proposals, which were subject to a recent consultation with nearly 15,000 responses, included:

  • Extending the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the North Circular Road and the South Circular Road and the possibility of bringing forward the introduction earlier than 2020
  • Implementing an extra charge on the most polluting vehicles entering central London using the Congestion Charge payment and enforcement system from 2017
  • Introducing ULEZ standards for heavy vehicles London-wide from 2020
  • Giving the go-ahead for TfL to start work on the costs and challenges of implementing a diesel scrappage scheme as part of a wider national scheme delivered by the Government

The order for the BYD ADL Enviro200EV buses follows a three-year trial of two BYD vehicles. The trial proved they could consistently run a 16-hour shift without a recharge being necessary.
The buses should reduce CO2 by 408 tonnes and harmful nitrogen oxides by 10 tonnes of NOx per year

The 507 bus route is between Victoria and Waterloo. The 521 is from Waterloo to London Bridge. After route 312, in Croydon, they are the second and third purely electric bus routes in the capital.

43 BYD-supplied recharging posts have been installed at Waterloo Garage. These are capable of powering 46 buses, with a further five charging posts being located at nearby Mandela Way depot where five buses are to be based.

Since TfL was formed in 2000 it has invested strongly in London’s bus network – resulting in a 69 per cent increase in passenger numbers. London Buses now carry around 2.4 billion passengers a year, which equates to half of all bus journeys made in England.

The routes, the 507 and 521, which run from Waterloo to Victoria and London Bridge respectively, are operated by Go-Ahead under a five-year contract with TfL.

There are two pollutants of particular concern in London: Particulate Matter (PM) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2). The UK Government’s action plan includes meeting NO2 legal limits in London by 2025. The Mayor wants to use the package of measures agreed following the consultation to ensure we can achieve this before 2025.

Source: TfL

Telent awarded key London CCTV maintenance contract

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Pioneering technology services company, telent Technology Services Ltd, has been awarded a contract for the maintenance of over 1,400 street-based CCTV cameras and associated CCTV Matrices and Operator Interfaces, which collectively form a pan-London Traffic Control CCTV system operated by Transport for London (TfL)

The cameras are distributed across each of the 32 Greater London Boroughs as well as the City of London, and provide the eyes on the street for TfL, the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police, London Ambulance and media services such as the BBC and TfL’s “JamCam” service.

The system monitors traffic flow and as such assists greatly in the management of road
incidents, bus lane and yellow box junction enforcement. The system also provides real-time information feeds to media channels and the travelling public.

The contract awarded to telent has a term of up to seven years and will cover the services to provide a comprehensive maintenance service, the supplementary works required to replace obsolete or damaged units, and the deployment of temporary cameras to cover special events.

This is another major new win for telent with TfL, following the award in June 2014 of a Traffic Control Equipment Maintenance and Service contract (TCMS2) for the West and South West of London.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this contract. We already maintain over 15,000 CCTV cameras in the London area and our efficient London based delivery operation has enabled us to offer Transport for London a very high level of service at a competitive price,” commented Chris Metcalfe, Managing Director of telent’s Technology Solutions business.

Iain Blackmore, Head of Traffic Infrastructure for TfL, stated: “Our Road Modernisation Plan is seeing huge investment being made to the capitals roads, improving journeys for all Londoners. This new contract is a good deal for London and will allow us to continue to actively monitor the Capital’s roads, helping keep disruption to a minimum.”

About telent

With annual revenues of over £300 million, telent has decades of experience in supplying a broad range of network and communications services. Today, the privately-held company employs approximately 1,500 people and has an engineering field force that covers the entire UK.

The leading technology company’s operational breadth and scale makes telent a service delivery partner of choice for organisations with mission critical communications networks — in every industry sector.

Customers include: BT, Virgin Media, Sky, Vodafone, Merseyside Fire & Rescue, Metropolitan Police, Highways Agency, Transport for London, Network Rail, Train Operators, London Ambulance Service, BAE Systems, EDF and Interoute.

Source: Telent

London’s black cabs use cellular connectivity for mobile advertising

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  • Brightmove launches ground-breaking digital platform for advertising and public messaging
  • 3G cellular connectivity with secure network overlay delivered by Wireless Logic
  • ‘Always on, Always secure’ enables real-time accountability and ROI to media owners

UK market leader delivers rooftop media screens to London cabs

Brightmove Media is the UK market leader in real-time digital moving media. Formed in 2013, the organisation has broken new ground by becoming the first Transport for London (TFL) regulated service to deliver rooftop media screens onto London cabs. As a technology media platform, Brightmove has integrated in-built intelligence triggers enabling the dispersal of messages that are geo-targeted, time sensitive, dynamic and highly flexible. This is particularly important for Brightmove’s two main audiences – advertisers who can now utilise a vibrant and far-reaching medium with reduced wastage and improved ROI, and Transport for London, who have exclusive rights to the enabled taxis for public messaging.

The technology behind Brightmove Media is also ahead of the industry curve. Each system uses a private and secure link via 3G cellular networks to stay in constant contact with the centralised media platform that can push out new or updated content in real-time. The system also maintains location awareness via GPS, allowing advertisers to tailor their campaigns and messaging to specific geographic locations.

The design and development has been fully executed in house by BrightMove’s team, giving the organisation opportunity to blend expertise with experience and produce a reliable product that is both innovative yet simple to install, operate and manage. By working closely with the regulator, Brightmove helped develop a high benchmark of technical, operational and safety requirements, helping to set the industry standard going forward.

Wireless Logics NetPro ensures best coverage for Brightmove

The provision of secure and reliable connectivity is being provided by Wireless Logic Europe’s leading M2M Managed Services Provider. Working alongside the Brightmove technology team, Wireless Logic have developed a secure VPN enabling two-way communication between the mobile unit and the central platform. And whilst networks can be a high-cost investment for organisations requiring such security and resilience, Brightmove have adopted Wireless Logic’s ‘NetPro’ infrastructure which can effectively overlay 26 European networks. The benefits include no CAPEX requirement and a platform that guarantees near 100% uptime.

For the cellular connectivity, Brightmove were able to explore a number of networks to ensure best coverage and most suitable tariff. Being network agnostic, acquiring a fully managed network service via Wireless Logic ensured that only optimum packages were identified. In this case, the mobile units are being connected via Vodafone and Everything Everywhere.

With each mobile media unit assigned a Fixed Private IP, secure communications can enable two-way dialogue reporting on location, performance and accountability, whilst ensuring new packages of media are delivered to the unit on time, every time. The data allowance per month has been set at 200mb per subscription which can be aggregated across the whole fleet. Real-time visibility of each unit’s data usage is provided by Wireless Logic’s SIMPro platform. Widely acknowledged as the de facto SIM management tool, Brightmove can see and control their entire SIM estate through SIMPro’s one window, regardless of network.

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Transport for London looking to introduce smartphone based fare payments


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With NFC on your smartphone, using it to pay for your morning commute across London may be getting closer to reality. According to a report in the Financial Times, carriers EE and Vodafone have begun talks with Transport for London over beginning trials of a mobile wallet to pay for your travel.

The initial trial is expected to be a “pay as you go” scheme using apps owned by the mobile operators that can be preloaded with money. Operators could also consider payment for tickets on a weekly or monthly basis, according to a person familiar with the plans.

The barriers at London Underground stations will work with smartphones for NFC payments, though that facility would need to be activated first. With the successful Oyster card scheme costly for TfL to run, they’re opening up to other methods of contactless payments for travellers.

Source: Financial Times