New Routemasters

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2885
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Why are TfL doubling the number of new routemasters on London's roads by 2016 after wheelchair users have complained that the wheelchair bay is not suitable? What action will you take to ensure wheelchair users do not have difficulty in travelling on buses on the routes which have the new routemasters? Will you review the bus specifications and look at the layout of the poles and the wheelchair space?

Answer

Answer for New Routemasters

Answer for New Routemasters

Answered By: 
The Mayor

When the New Routemaster was introduced in 2012, the wheelchair bay was longer than the industry standard but, following engagement with a wide range of disability groups, TfL made adjustments to the bay in order to improve accessibility further. This included moving the position of the pole adjacent to the bay and fitting newer vehicles with a longer ramp to improve access, and I am confident that the buses will meet the needs of wheelchair users as their roll out continues.