New Bus for London Windows (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3227
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Why was the decision to fit opening windows only taken in September 2015 after passengers had endured uncomfortably high temperatures throughout four summers since the first vehicles went into operation in 2012?

Answer

Answer for New Bus for London Windows (2)

Answer for New Bus for London Windows (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has been looking at a series of measures to make the upper saloon of all double-deck buses more comfortable in response to spells of exceptionally hot weather in recent summers.

It has already reconfigured existing air-cooling systems to improve air flow on the upper and lower decks, altered thermostatic controls to make them come on earlier to help reduce heat build up, and is currently trialling solar film which under test conditions can reduce heat gain by up to 5C.

These measures have been undertaken over several years. The decision to add opening windows to New Routemasters is a further step and has been carefully considered following customer feedback. It will provide the benefit of greater air flow in vehicles which passengers tell us makes them feel more comfortable.