The route passed from Metroline to Abellio, who said they would deploy 8 Enviro 400 Hybrids from Hayes (WS) garage to match a PVR of 7, leaving one spare. Some people think Abellio are mad for putting Hybrid buses on such a short route (2 miles long, to be precise) that uses back streets for most of the way, but it does reduce pollution in the Ealing and Greenford area. The old Enviro Diesels,which were in a common user pool at Greenford (G) garage for routes E1 and E3, will be split between Uxbridge (UX) and Greenford (G) garages for routes U4 and 282 respectively. I was excited about the E1 getting Hybrids, and I hoped that Abellio could run the service properly...............
....................As it turned out, they couldn't. On Saturday, there were 17 minute gaps in the service despite the route taking 14 minutes end to end. At one point, there were five buses on stand at Greenford Broadway!! It seemed like the route had caught the first day bunching virus.
|2446 departs from the Bordars Road stop on Greenford Avenue.|
|2447 reaches it's terminus for the umpteenth time that afternoon.|
|The rear of an E40H.|
|The first in the batch, 2444.|
|iBus on the new E40H.|
|2449 is near journey's end.|
|2445, on Greenford Avenue.|
|Here is 9767, on the route.|
|Upper Deck interior of Abellio 2450, which had a faulty Hybrid system. Luckily, the problem was fixed and the bus was in service by Monday.|
|Lower deck interior facing the rear of the vehicle.|