Temperature on New Routemasters (5)

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


At the Plenary Meeting on 10 September 2014 you said, "TfL does not have a target temperature for buses per se. The purpose of current systems is to provide cooled air on all double deck vehicles in the fleet to enhance passenger comfort in normal conditions". Given a lack of target temperature, how do you judge whether a bus is too uncomfortable for its passengers?


Answer for Temperature on New Routemasters (5)

Answer for Temperature on New Routemasters (5)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

If a vehicle has an air-cooling system that is not working or working at partial capacity to reduce temperatures reaching a higher level, this would be regarded as undesirable and would be reported to the bus operator concerned for immediate checks. We cannot set a precise ambient temperature as air cooling is not air conditioning. It is there to provide cooled air into the upper saloon for comfort rather than lower temperatures to a pre-set thermostatic level.