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Foster's new routemaster not big enough - say RAC and Labour

Plans to scrap bendy buses and introduce new routemasters - to be designed by Foster + Partners and Aston Martin - have come under fire from the Labour party

Thesalvo follows a report by the RAC which condemns proposals to scrap bendy buses for a lower-capacity Foster routemaster as ‘minority focused’ and likely to lead to more congestion.

‘It looks like the legacy of Boris’s wrong-headed transport policies could be higher fares, more congestion and longer waits,’ said Val Shawcross, Labour London Assembly Member for Southwark and Lambeth.  

The RAC report said that Boris Johnson, the Conservative Mayor of London, was ‘in danger of becoming pre-occupied with minority-focused transport schemes’. The Mayor’s plans are ‘high-cost’ and overlook ‘fundamental travel problems faced by millions of people every day.’

Boris’ new routemaster bus would mean ‘many more buses,’ on the streets, according to the report, which warns of increased fares, more congestions and longer ‘bus stop dwell times’.

The ‘bendy-bus is an exceptionally effective mover of large volumes of people and extremely well used on the high-demand routes that the buses serve,’ said the RAC.

Foster + Partners with Aston Martin won a competition in 2008 to design a new bus that would replace the iconic London routemaster.

Readers' comments (2)

  • How rediculous - what could cause more congestion than all the bendy busses trailing up Oxford Street and across London with most carrying less than 25% of their capacity. Apart from the congestion caused there are also the green issues associated with hundreds of busses being on the roads needlessly.

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  • 'bus stop dwell times', who thought that up? They'll be changing 'fare' for 'personal transportation distance limited fee' next.... Nice bus though, a bit retro in the New Mini style.

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