Mayor scraps Routemas­ters

Iconic buses in­tro­duced by Boris John­son now dubbed as ‘too costly’

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

THE iconic Routemas­ter buses in­tro­duced by Boris John­son have been dropped by Sadiq Khan af­ter be­ing called ‘too costly’.

As the Labour Lon­don Mayor looks to bal­ance his books, the de­ci­sion was made to no longer pur­chase the mod­ern­look­ing buses.

De­spite be­ing a legacy left by the for­mer Tory mayor, the Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) busi­ness plan states ‘new cap­i­tal in­vest­ment will be re­duced sig­nif­i­cantly as we dis­con­tinue pur­chases of new Routemas­ter buses’.

Wright­bus, the North­ern Ire­land firm that makes the ve­hi­cles, said pro­duc­tion lines would have to close if there were no more or­ders, some­thing Mr Khan had in­di­cated dur­ing the may­oral elec­tion.

Dur­ing the fight for City Hall, he had said the money used to pur­chase the more ex­pen­sive buses would be put to­wards a rail freeze in­stead.

The de­ci­sion to go ahead with the re­moval of the buses comes as the mayor pro­motes the freez­ing of rail fares across the tube net­works.

Mr John­son paid £354,000 per bus for a bulk of 600 in 2012 and around £325,000 for an­other 200 in 2014.

The new fleet was at­tacked how­ever for be­ing a ‘van­ity project’ by Labour As­sem­bly mem­bers af­ter cut­ting edge green tech­nol­ogy was re­vealed to have fail­ing bat­ter­ies in some of the ve­hi­cles.

‘VAN­ITY PROJECT’: Lon­don Mayor Boris John­son on a Lon­don Routemas­ter bus

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