A second London bus burst into flames this morning – completely destroying it less than 24 hours after an electric double decker exploded on the school run.
The hybrid vehicle caught fire in North Woolwich, East London, just before 7am today with onlookers shouting ‘what the f***’ as they were urged to ‘move back’.
A video showed the bus ablaze before dawn at the junction of Factory Road and Store Road, while photographs taken later in daylight showed its burnt-out shell.
Firefighters confirmed no passengers were on the bus and there were no injuries, although it took around an hour to get the blaze under control. Crews set up an 80ft (25m) cordon at the scene and were investigating the cause this afternoon.
The bus involved in today’s blaze was an Alexander Dennis Enviro400 hybrid that runs on diesel and electricity, with around 900 in use across 78 routes in London.
Only yesterday, a huge blast ripped the back off an Optare Metrodecker bus on route 200 in Wimbledon in south west London at 7.20am on its way to Raynes Park.
It came nearly two years after all Metrodeckers were temporarily taken out of service for safety checks in May 2022 when two were involved in a major fire at Potters Bar bus garage in Hertfordshire – before being returned to service only days later.