New Bus for London sales

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-07-23
Session date: 
July 23, 2014
Reference: 
2014/2707
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Two prototypes of the New Bus for London were loaned to the UK government to take part in a global trade mission covering 16 countries in four continents over 12 months. In October 2013 a third was sent on a demonstration tour to Hong Kong and then to Singapore in February 2014. Have any orders outside of London been placed for the New Bus for London? Are those three prototype buses back in operation in London?

Answer

Answer for New Bus for London sales

Answer for New Bus for London sales

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The purpose of the GREAT Britain tours was to promote UK technology and manufacturing excellence abroad. The New Routemaster has been supporting the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills as a popular paragon of innovation design to pull the crowds. No costs have been incurred by TfL from the use of these vehicles for these promotional purposes. However, raising its profile overseas can only benefit the vehicle in marketing and public awareness terms.