When you initiate the competition for the new Routemaster would you please consider asking the entrants to specifically consider alternatives to hybrid engines, namely hydrogen engines? There is a strong strain of thought that says hybrid technology is a temporary solution pending the development of new heavy-duty hydrogen engines and a promulgation of the supply of hydrogen throughout London. What I would hate to see is for you commission a new Routemaster with hybrid technology that then becomes redundant and ends up costing Londoners more within a short space of time.
The other aspect of course which many, many Londoners, particularly in my constituency, will be concerned about is noise. The new Volvo buses that are being used throughout London cause a massive amount of noise. I should declare an interest as I live on the route of the 88 bus. Of course hydrogen engines produce no noise at all and operate completely silently as well as having no emissions. I would urge you to consider possibly allowing entrants to take more time around the introduction of a bus that may prove more cost effective and better for the environment and provide less noise in perhaps a slightly longer timeframe.