With new and shorter single deck buses taking over on route, passengers can board every two or three minutes at peak hours
Tags: Kulveer Ranger, Waterloo, London Bridge
31st August 2009: The wait’s just got shorter.
Passengers on route 521 between Waterloo and London Bridge will now see more buses, with a vehicle running every two or three minutes at peak times, rather than the current four minute service.
This follows new and shorter single deck buses, which officially take over on route 521, following the “demise” of the bendy bus in the Capital.
The Mayor of London’s Transport Advisor Kulveer Ranger says: “The Mayor was elected with a clear manifesto of getting the bendy buses off our streets and he’s delighted to see the second set of them leaving the Capital. Route 38 will be the next to lose bendy buses later this year, after which there will be just nine routes left to convert before the end of 2011.”
The 12m single deck buses being introduced on route 521 are the same as those now operating on route 507 and meet very high environmental standards. They meet the standards of enhanced environmentally friendly vehicles, a standard above Euro V. Despite increasing the number of buses on the route, emissions of carbon dioxide will still be cut by over three per cent, oxides of nitrogen by over 21 per cent and particulate matter by over 27 per cent.
Route 521 is operated by London General. The first bus on route 521 leaves at approximately 06:30 with the last bus departing just after midnight. There is no weekend or bank holiday service on the route.