Go-Ahead Ireland reviews the latest in electric bus technology at Ballymount Depot
3 weeks ago
The Go-Ahead Ireland team recently hosted a new Alexander Dennis (ADL) electric single deck Go-Ahead London bus at its depot in Ballymount Dublin. The 9.7 metre E200 ADL is a common sight on roads around the UK, serving as one of Britain’s favourite single deck bus. Its lightweight design makes it highly fuel efficient and cost-effective to run.
The Go-Ahead London bus rolled off the production line in preparation for service on route 484 in London. The ADL vehicle is designed to a Transport for London specification, with additional technology features such as camera wingmirrors.
Commenting on the showcase, Andrew Edwards, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Ireland noted, “In the UK, only 4% of roadside emissions come from buses, and while this is a relatively low figure there is a determination to bring it down to zero. In Ireland, we currently do not know the roadside emission figures but it is clear that bus transport has an important part to play in helping the Government achieve its 2030 climate and sustainability targets. Zero emission technologies, combined with informed policy and planning developments such as quality bus corridors, bus priority and car free zones will all contribute to generating a modal shift from cars on to public transport, significantly improving air quality locally and nationally.”
Go-Ahead Group is an industry leader in zero emission buses with 210 in service in the UK, and increasing numbers to come in to service this year. The group focus on sustainability and commitment is mirrored by the ambition of Go-Ahead Ireland, with Chris Stringer, Head of Engineering for Go-Ahead Ireland stating, “with the recent announcement of the Irish Government tendering for a further 800 electric vehicles, zero emission buses are certainly the future in Ireland and with Go-Ahead’s experience and can-do attitude, we are ready to support the NTA and TII with their transition.”
Go-Ahead Ireland provides public transport bus services, operating 25 Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area routes, as well as 5 Dublin Commuter routes. With over 600 colleagues, the company operates a fleet of over 200 buses across its service routes and is part of the Go-Ahead international transport group which enables more than a billion journeys each year via bus and rail services. More information on Go Ahead can be found here.