New Bus for London

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The business case for purchasing a further 200 New Routemasters has been reduced from 15:1 to 2:1. If it is found that the New Routemaster is actually more polluting than many other new buses, once the actual emission tests on all the new Euro 6 buses have been carried out, will you conduct and publish a further review of the business case and will you confirm whether a negative rating on such a business case stop you from going ahead with the purchase of a further 200 of the New Routemaster?


Answer for New Bus for London

Answer for New Bus for London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We already know the New Routemaster is the cleanest Euro V hybrid diesel-electric vehicle in the fleet and the most fuel efficient which minimises CO2 emissions. It also has the capacity to operate for longer in zero-emission electric-only mode because of the innovative configuration of its engine. This will enable us to reduce pollution at hotspots across London.

The British designed and built New Routemaster also provides a range of other important benefits not available with other buses, including easier access between the lower and upper saloons with its two-staircase three-door design.

Consequently the decision to purchase more vehicles remains the right one and will deliver significant benefits to London.

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