Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


Will there be a new routemaster? Or do you think Londoners will come to love their modern buses? .


Answer for Routemasters

Answer for Routemasters

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

TfL is in constant discussion with the vehicle manufacturers regarding design of new vehicles, and is actively encouraging manufacturers to look at designs which will make vehicles even more accessible and attractive to all passengers. They will not, however, have an open platform like the Routemaster, as product liability would prohibit design or manufacture.There is every indication, through market trends, correspondence and telephone calls with passengers, that Londoners are already very pleased with the modern, fully accessible buses that have been introduced over the last few years. A number of significant improvements, including the introduction of bendy buses, has led to a step change in the perception of and use made of the bus network. .