Cast your minds back to 3 July, when TfL claimed that:
heat problems on top deck of New Bus on route 24 are fixed
Then to 19 July when Grayson Thermal Systems announced that they had been commissioned by WrightBus to fix the air cooling problems on the New Bus For London.
Surely the New Bus For London production models on route 24 are now positively frosty and swarming with happy, gambolling polar bears and penguins thanks to their amazing new air conditioning?
Like to take a guess?
First, a round-up of comments from recent users of the New Bus For London on Route 24:
i'd advise you not to use the new routemaster. it's prone to problems with engines as well as looking like.. well the back end of a bus..
— y pili-pala (@pilipala19) September 6, 2013
I'm on a new routemaster Boris bus & it's hotter than the sun on here. Ridiculous!!
— Sarah Palmer (@Palmaggio) September 5, 2013
Being reminded again that the new bus for London is a #TfL design catastrophe.
— Stefan Czerniawski (@pubstrat) September 5, 2013
— Mel (@mel_lean) September 5, 2013
@BorisWatch Finally rode the Boris Bus yesterday. Conductor v chatty, but the bus is just shit. Airless, hot, and the seats are horrible.
— Pete Riches (@Pete_Riches) September 5, 2013
Boris bus, hot, cramped and generally shite. http://t.co/0Ceb6ejilV
— sinister dexter (@sinisterpics) September 4, 2013
Broken down Boris Bus at Trafalgar Square #NB4L
— Sam (@mrdrummerman) September 4, 2013
— Jon Barker (@jonny_b69) September 4, 2013
— Robin La Roca (@RobinLaRoca) September 4, 2013
— Annabel Jones (@Annabel410) September 3, 2013
New Bus For London on route 38:
— charlie beety (@oatsnbarley) September 5, 2013
I have a brand new thermometer/hygrometer so I thought I’d put it to good use.
The lights were on but the bus was still gloomy and the air cooling was noisy and ineffectual. A very bumpy ride, as usual. By the time I alighted at Trocadero at 09:55, the temperature upstairs had reached 27.3°C
Rather cooler than the prototype on the 38 but still very stuffy upstairs. I noticed black dirt had been blown from underneath the panelling all over the ceiling area of the upper deck. What is it? Is it filth which has been drawn inside the bus by the air cooling system? The fact that it has been blown out of all areas of the panelling and not just out of the air cooling ducts would indicate that the air cooling is “leaking” instead of being directed solely through the air cooling vents.
Next, back onto LT14 towards Pimlico. This time I decided to sit on the seat by the back door on the lower deck. It was really hot and unpleasant, despite being right next to the open back door.
Really uncomfortable not just due to the high temperature and humidity but also a really rough ride – jolted and thrown all over the place. I moved to the seat across the aisle so I could put the thermometer on the empty seat next to me. The temperature just continued to rise, even though I was in the shade. I could feel the heat rising from the engine behind the rear stairs. By the time the bus reached Torrington Place the temperature downstairs had reached 32.5°C
12:25, I alighted in Trafalgar Square. It was a relief to get away from the heat, humidty and nauseating smell of the New Bus For London. By this time, the outside temperature was 24°C.
The temperature continued to rise very slowly but all the windows were open, creating a cooling breeze, and there was no horrible smell or stuffiness. By the time I alighted at Exhibition Road, the temperature was 29.6°C and relative humidity still 53%:
Yes, the ride was equally as bumpy as the New Bus For London, but the Routemaster was built over 50 years ago. Again, the ancient Routemaster was cooler than the expensive, bespoke New Bus For London.
We’ve been repeatedly assured that the air cooling on the New Bus For London was “fixed” – all the evidence disproves this.
Meanwhile, WrightBus continues to churn out these overweight, under-capacity, prone-to-breakdown, shoddily-finished, roasting-hot-in-summer buses ready for the conversion of route 11 on 21 September, route 9 on 26 October and route 390 in December.
Better get the breakdown trucks ready…
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