• That confirms my suspicion that they were dodgy, then.

  • Are you voting for Boris just cause he's a Tory? Or is it cause he forgot to vote about Crossrail, wants minimal amounts of affordable housing for London, wants to withdraw from the Kyoto agreement, is being used as a figurehead because he has mild 'celebrity' status (see Republicans using Arnie to win power), calls black people 'piccaninnies' and has had little involvement in London before this campaign.

    Er yes I am voting because all of the above.

  • Er yes I am voting because all of the above.

    Come on, April 1st was yesterday!


  • You won't be joining us then?

  • No i will be in a glass case of emotion.

  • Rest assured, we'll all be feeling very emotional...

  • Big surprise in the news the other day, the headline screamed:

    **"Cameron Backs Boris"

    **Oh you thunk?
    Bendybuses and most of the shit Bogus comes out with are a distraction.
    I believe he is the wrecker candidate, I think any improvements we have seen in London in the past few years would be rolled back.

  • I think any improvements we have seen in London in the past few years would be rolled back.

    That's the feeling I get as well from what he says. To remove articulated buses would be a chronic waste of money, yet I reckon he'd do it :-/

  • Inscription on Thatcher's grave should simply read:
    "Dancing Permitted"

    Back on topic, what's the big problem with bendy buses?

  • Back on topic, what's the big problem with bendy buses?

    They're bendy and I don't like 'em!

  • Boris, should scrap bendy busses and promote track bikes... to get all those city tubbies fitter..

  • I reckon this thread needs a thread title change to 'Sadiq no longer wants to invest in new "Modern Routemasters" in favour of emission-controlled conventional buses'. :)

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport­/sadiq-khan-axes-new-routemasters-on-lon­don-streets-in-costcutting-drive-a343083­6.html

  • bit of a shame really I think those new routemasters are great. I saw a bendy bus recently slithering around the airport in Stockholm, maybe thats where they went to live out their days?

  • His dad doesn't like driving the new Routemasters

  • A lot of the bendy busses went to Malta, where they got stuck and caught fire.

  • The 'New Routemaster' is much nicer than the bendy buses it replaced. Both of them had issues with cooling in the summer (i.e. it was frequently non-existent), but at least on the new routemaster you can get a seat while you bake - instead of baking upright for an hour in cattle truck conditions on the bendy.

    It's a shame the open platform is barely used but at least they designed it in. Conductors are just an anomaly in a cashless system though.

    I can also understand why it makes financial sense to use off the peg designs for future buses.

    Overall it was a nice idea though and I'm glad it happened.

  • The New Routemasters are hotter than the sun when temperatures get about 27 degrees outside, minimal AC and no windows is a terrible combination.

  • I think the second batch either had opening windows or better AC. Some of them are pretty warm though.

    I quite like the look of them and some of the bad publicity was down to some fairly dubious agenda-driven journalism (allocating all of the R&D costs to the first batch of busses to hugely inflate the cost and then not reflecting that when reporting on the prices of subsequent orders was a favourite trick). A shame the platform at the back has gone though, being able to hop on and off again was great.

    Did the design ever get licensed out anywhere? I know that was the plan but nothing seems to have been mentioned so I assume not.

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Boris Wants to Scrap Bendy Buses in Favour of a "Modern Routemaster"

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