Temperature on New Routemasters (6)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2425
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

I have been contacted by a constituent who has sent me the following feedback on the New Routemaster. How would you respond to these observations?:

'I nearly cooked alive today on the new 453 bus, along with the other passengers. My saving grace was when the 453 bus stopped to let passengers on and off, and a gush of wind would rush in. You would have thought with the amount of money spent, an engineer/designer would have designed a good enough air conditioning system for our buses. But no. Not in London. Not in England.'

Answer

Answer for Temperature on New Routemasters (6)

Answer for Temperature on New Routemasters (6)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL recognises that more steps need to be taken to make travelling more comfortable during exceptional summer temperatures such as the 37.4C recorded at Heathrow Airport on July 1.

A range of sustainable options need to be considered to reduce heat gain at source as well as provide cooler conditions in passenger areas.

London has pressing air quality issues which cannot be tackled if we fit the current generation of high-energy air-conditioning units to buses. Taking a short-termism approach would stop the capital achieving challenging targets to cut oxides of nitrogen by 20 per cent this year compared to levels in 2012 and making London a healthier place in live and work in.