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Wednesday, 19 May 2010

No cash or conductors for Boris's Routemasters

Boris Johnson will not pay for conductors to staff his "new Routemaster" and will not supply extra funding to police them either he confirmed today.

Speaking to the London Assembly he said that:

"We're confident that we can use our existing resources to make sure that whenever the open platform is open, which will be a lot of the time, there will be someone in uniform to help oversee."

However, despite promising them in his manifesto, there will be no "old fashioned conductors" on the buses:

"When it is running in open platform mode as it will on busy streets in the centre of town... then clearly there will be someone on the bus in uniform who will helping passengers. There won't be an old fashioned conductor because there's no need to take tickets in the same way, but there will be someone in uniform to help customers."

He said that the "uniformed presence" would comprise instead of existing fare evasion teams and Police Community Support Officers

Labour Assembly Member Val Shawcross pressed the Mayor today on whether these officers would be taken away from their normal duties.

The Mayor refused to be drawn on this but insisted that it was "not beyond the wit of man" to manage staff on the new buses.

When there is no extra staff to mind them, the platforms will be closed with what Boris called a "shower curtain type jobby."

These will also be closed in the evenings, making the "new Routemasters" appear for all intents and purposes to be standard double deckers for much of the time.

The final designs have had a mixed reception so far with many criticisms focusing on the high cost and lack of "Routemasterishness" about the plans.

The first model is not expected to appear until the end of 2011 with only five being built before the end of Boris's first term.

11 comments:

infinitylies said...

"A is for LOON says the poster". B is for LOON more like.


and after all that Gilli isnt happy....
roll on 2012 elections

AdamB said...

A New Loon for Loondon?

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_ScB0Fp-2pr4/S_QPlk20QbI/AAAAAAAADBI/yMWrX0FB0TI/loon.jpg

prj45 said...

Will the back doors be shut when the bus is between stops, even with a "uniformed presence"?

I suspect so.

AdamB said...

Almost like... a door. It's a revolutionary concept.

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

This whole debacle just keeps getting worse...

Karl said...

The whole saga reminds me of that Simpsons epsiode where Homer designed the perfect car. I can't wait to see these buses in action.

Anonymous said...

Why the snide comment about only 5 will be out on the road by the time Boris finishes his first term? It takes time to design, test and build vehicles. You would be the first to complain if it was rushed and then there was some design flaw etc. Be fair and balanced please.

AdamB said...

Snide comments eh? Who needs them?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the issue might just be that the design and development is being rushed so that those first 5 are on the road just before the end of Boris's first term?

richy said...

Still dont really understand the thinking behind these buses. Seems like an unbelieveably misplaced priority given current funding constraints.

This seems to have been the only new Tory idea for public transport since rail privatisation. Expensive, unneccessary and hard to see who it will benefit....

yorksranter said...

Shower curtain jobby. I am embarrassed to be a Londoner.

In fact, I intend to refer to him as Shower Jobby from now on.