Routemaster expenditure

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


As the £3.3m development costs of the new Routemaster only cover the design and prototyping work leading up to the production contract being awarded in Dec 09, what range of costs have Transport for London prepared for expenditure on the new bus and what options have been presented to your office on the procurement strategy?


Answer for Routemaster expenditure

Answer for Routemaster expenditure

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As TfL is still in the procurement phase, the respective positions of the remaining two short-listed bidders remain commercially confidential. TfL will continue to negotiate with them to fully understand the cost implications of the project and to seek best value. The current procurement strategy envisages that the new buses will be acquired, operated and maintained by bus operating companies (as is currently the case) and not TfL directly.