Routemaster buses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Reference: 
2000/0445
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

4Can the Mayor justify in value for money terms the purchase and refurbishment of 31 clapped-out Routemaster buses? Is this not a case of Londoners subsidising his nostalgia for a bygone age, and an encouragement of inaccessible transport? .

Answer

Answer for Routemaster buses

Answer for Routemaster buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The recent purchase gives London Buses a small number of Routemaster vehicles that can be used to enhance existing crew operated services as part of my plans to expand and improve London's bus network.

Routemasters still do a useful job on some central London routes. They are popular as they offer a smoother, more comfortable ride and are quick and convenient to get on and off. I recognise that on the other hand they are not accessible to all.

There are no plans to convert routes operated by more modern vehicles back to Routemasters and I remain committed to my pledge to improve access to public transport and will be increasing the number of fully-accessible buses in London by 1,300 between April 2000 and March 2001.