Senior bus builders and executives have called Boris Johnson's plan for new Routemasters 'a promise he could not deliver.' Britain's leading bus and train magazine Transit interviewed a series of experts who labelled the policy at best 'not thought through' and at worst 'a non-starter.'
Designing and certifying the buses would be much more expensive than current designs, and the insurance risks of having an open-decked rear could prevent the project from even getting going at all.
Boris Johnson made the new Routemasters the defining policy of the early part of his campaign but much publicised mistakes over costings has led him to concentrate almost solely on crime.
He now admits that bendy buses could not be replaced until the end of a Boris Mayoralty. However, the complications highlighted by Transit, could mean that Boris may completely fail to replace bendy buses at all.
So voters now face the prospect of voting for a policy that not only has uncertain costs, but that apparently has an uncertain chance of being carried out at all. All of which makes Boris' pledge to 'get London moving' seem a very doubtful promise indeed.
(Thanks to Peezedtee)