Safety checks on electric buses after third fire in a month

Bus operator Go-Ahead is checking around 380 electric buses after one was involved in a fire in south-west London.

The BBC reports the bus caught fire at Putney bus garage on Wednesday morning. No-one was injured and the cause is being investigated.

A letter to staff from Go-Ahead says a “precautionary” check of about 380 electric buses had begun to “ensure our continued confidence in them”.

London Fire Brigade said about 20 people had left the building before firefighters arrived, adding the fire was extinguished shortly afterwards and the bus was left partially damaged.

It quotes a staff letter from Go-Ahead which says: “We are committed to establishing the cause of this fire and learning from it.”

On 12 January a hybrid vehicle caught fire in North Woolwich and a different electric model caught fire in Wimbledon a day later.

(File picture – Go Ahead London)


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