Bridge to the future

Sustainability: Ecology & Environment

Sustainability is a core part of our business philosophy and we are pleased to support this trial to provide clean, green, public transport

Steven Haddock, Prologis UK

There was great excitement at The Bridge on Tuesday 20th March when an electric bus carried the first passangers along the Fastrack A route between Greenhithe, Bluewater and Dartford.

Kent County Council has secured a seven-week electric bus trial for the county, only the second local authority to do so in the UK. Working with Volvo and ABB, a Swiss engineering group, the electric bus produces no emissions and is driven by electric motors.

During the trial, the electric bus will recharge outside Greenhithe train station in under six minutes using innovative OppCharge pantograph technology.

The OppCharge makes the range of the bus limitless by allowing the bus to charge at convenient locations along the line of route - in fact, a bus can charge within 30 seconds.

“Prologis UK has been providing funding for the Fastrack A service for over a decade and this is a vital service for the residents and businesses located on our development at The Bridge ,” said Steve Haddock, Director of Property Management for Prologis UK. “Sustainability is a core part of our business philosophy and we are pleased to support this trial to provide clean, green, public transport.”

The electric bus that will run along the Fastrack A route between Greenhithe, Bluewater and Dartford.

The Fastrack A route runs from Bluewater to Dartford and the electric bus will run in conjunction with conventional buses run by Arriva. The bus, a Volvo 7900e, provides up to 80% lower energy consumption than an equivalent diesel bus.

KCC’s Head of Public Transport Phil Lightowler said: “We’re very proud to be only the second local authority to trial this innovative transport scheme.

“The aim of the trial is to try this new innovative electric vehicle technology for ourselves and to show that electric buses with limitless range can work for the county.

“It has great benefits for improving air quality and reducing CO2 emissions which are important to all of us and will allow us to provide evidence that electric vehicles can provide both financial and environmental benefits for the council in the longer term.

“If this proves a success it will allow us to build a case to roll out similar schemes across the county.”

The Opp Charger electric bus has already been trialled by Transport for Greater Manchester which was launched in September 2017 and recently at Heathrow.