TfL-spec Metrodecker starts operation with Go-Ahead London

TfL-spec Metrodecker starts operation with Go-Ahead London

Optare’s pre-production 10.5m TfL-spec Metrodecker demonstrator has gone into service with Go-Ahead London, operating at its Bexleyheath bus garage, with the manufacturer hoping for best-in-class fuel consumption figures.

“Go-Ahead are committed to taking care of our customers’ changing needs, today, tomorrow and always, so we are delighted to be able to put the Metrodecker through its paces in London and monitor its performance in terms of reliability, serviceability and fuel efficiency and also gain both customer and driver feedback on this new double-deck,” says Richard Harrington, engineering director, Go-Ahead London.

Robert Drewery, Optare commercial director, adds, “Across all trials we have conducted outside of London we are seeing the vehicle consistently deliver best-in-class mpg performance in service. 

“I am delighted that the Metrodecker will now be setting out to prove itself in the capital. We will be monitoring its performance closely and we look forward to the feedback from Go-Ahead London.”

The integral-built Metrodecker is powered by a Mercedes-Benz OM934LA, Euro 6, four-cylinder engine with ZF Ecolife transmission. It is available in two lengths: the two-door TfL specification is 10.5m long, while the single-door provincial specification is 11.1m long.