Boris knows nothing about public transport
Boris Johnson hates bendy buses and so does his electorate. Never mind the convenience they offer to pushchair, pram and wheelchair users. Or the speed at which commuters can get on and off them. Or their sheer capacity – the things are like caverns on the inside. They represented change, they represented a prioritisation of public transport over other road users and worst of all, they represented Ken.
It was his grandstand election pledge to launch a design competition to create a bus ‘for the 21st century’. Any one could submit a proposal. The review below of the result of this competition does not surprise me. Take a look at what Londoners have to look forward to, should this ever make it out of the concept stage and into our streets. I actually doubt it will. What a waste of time and money.
“First impression: monstrous. Literally. It is huge. No dimensions on the bus itself or on the one information panel on the floor so I was reduced to pacing out the length of the bus. New Bus: 20 paces. Routemaster: 15 paces. It’s very easy to compare the two as there’s a number 11 RM yards away from the New Bus. The actual length of the RM is 8.38m – the New Bus is 11.2m.”