— Amelia (@milly_lia) July 20, 2014
We could take a guess…
What made me jump on this 148? Which idiot decided to make a bus with no fucking windows
— MILEY (@laurencparis_) July 22, 2014
We may just have an inkling…
Possibly the same idiot who appeared on Vanessa Feltz’s BBC Radio London show this morning [limited availability online] denying any evidence that there’s a heat problem on his “stupid vanity buses” :
Vanessa Feltz: This is from Sandy – I’ve got to tell you that these are Sandy’s sentiments and they’re put in Sandy’s own personal way and this is what Sandy says:
“Ask him about his stupid vanity buses that cost half a million pounds each but have no open windows. I had to get off one, the last time I used the 38, and that was on a cool day in May”
I must say, the heat in the buses, or On The Buses, Reg Varney-style, and the heat down on the Tubes, is one of the pressing London conversations at this point. It’s the sort of thing when, you know, people are standing at the water cooler recovering, having to tip a glass of water over their heads because they’re so hot, this is what they’re talking about – boy, was it hot on the bus and the Tube.
Boris Johnson: Sure. For starters, the buses cost nothing like that amount and there’s no evidence at the moment, and I’ve asked TfL this question, there’s no evidence that the buses…they’re all as hot as each other or as cool as each other. We’re trying to, obviously, make them cooler, and on the Tube we’re putting in a huge amount of stuff to make that system better. I’ll single out the air-conditioned service on the Metropolitan and Circle, Hammersmith and City.
Vanessa Feltz: Loads of people are saying “Go on the Metropolitan Line, it’s the only one that’s cool!” – that’s exactly what they’re saying.
Boris Johnson: That’s right, well, the, the, the…but it’s coming. The new Tube for London, it’s going to be on the Piccadilly, the Central, the Bakerloo and the Waterloo and City lines so that will be a cooled train, that will being heat relief, as it were, to 8 out of 11 of the Tube lines. And on the stations, I mean, we’ve got this incredible…we’re pumping ground-water out, we’re pumping it through the sta…we’re cooling the stations with fans, we’ve got chiller units, we’ve got all sorts of devices for trying to cool down the stations. I do appreciate that it’s hot and I do, you know, as the Chairman of TfL, I apologise to Londoners who are suffering excess heat.
Vanessa Feltz: Dwayne says: “The old Routemasters are definitely better than the new Routemasters”
“They’re all as hot as each other or as cool as each other” – No, they’re not. Some of London’s double-decker buses have very effective air-conditioning units positioned on the upper decks, above the stairs. I proved in September last year that a Routemaster built more than 50 years ago was three degrees cooler than a brand new “New Routemaster” and there is no evidence to convince me that this situation has changed.
When TfL Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy and “New Routemaster” designer Thomas Heatherwick took a spin on an empty bus just over a year ago, to “prove” that the new buses weren’t airless sweat-boxes, they gave no evidence of the temperature they recorded.
I think we’re going to see exactly the same TfL attitude as last year – continual denials that there’s anything wrong with these vehicles, holding out until the weather gets cooler and people have forgotten. London can expect over 300 more of these not-fit-for-purpose buses to enter service on central London routes by 2016, condemning even more bus users to journeys made thoroughly unpleasant and, in some cases, utterly unbearable by this badly-designed vanity bus.
A round-up of passengers’ experiences in the last couple of days:
@MayorofLondon When is the air conditioning going to be finally fixed on the New Routemaster bus fleet? The temp is unbearable in July.
— Jansos (@jansos) July 22, 2014
— Lauren Mellor (@Laurenmellor) July 22, 2014
— Anthony Davis (@theanthonydavis) July 22, 2014
On a 148 Boris Bus, wow they really are dingy, airless, hot and stink of piss @MayorofLondon
— prj45 (@prj45) July 22, 2014
On one of the new routemasters (No. 11) and no air con NOR windows! Really? Why, @TfLOfficial, whhhyyyy?
— IndisputableEvidence (@IndisputableEvi) July 22, 2014
— W1Girl (@W1Girl) July 22, 2014
Suggest TFL talk to SW trains on what air conditioning on new #Routemaster buses should be like. Trains to Weymouth are excellent.
— A Grand Day Out (@GrandDay) July 22, 2014
— Matt (@matt_shoreditch) July 22, 2014
— Jo Wallis (@JojoBaggins_) July 22, 2014
@MayorofLondon What's with the lack of air on your fancy new routemasters?? And why do the bells at the back of the 38s mostly nit work???
— Manic Fish (@manicfishes) July 22, 2014
Boris and TFL need to sort out air conditioning failures on new Routemaster buses – just caught bus on Whitehall – passengers still baking
— Mark Pritchard (@MPritchardMP) July 22, 2014
To anyone who's been on a routemaster:I feel your sweaty,boiling pain.This weekend I went on my first one.Knackers to doing that again.
— bashmore (@bashmore) July 22, 2014
First trip on a new Routemaster. Hot, awkward and not enough seats downstairs. I expect the rest of the world discovered this ages ago.
— Robbie Cowbury (@RCowbury) July 22, 2014
For some strange reason the 390 bus always smells like a geriatric ward.
— Flump (@CJ1694) July 22, 2014
— (@baddieray) July 22, 2014
148 is the worst bus to travel in during summer 😪😪
— DK (@doyinkareem_) July 21, 2014
Did they make the floors & seats of the new Routemaster buses out of lava? How are they so hot? It defies logic. #melting
— Bethan Gorman (@Mrs_Gorman) July 21, 2014
The New Routemasters all smell.
— Robin Owen-Ellis (@RobinOwenEllis) July 21, 2014
@scotscotscot of a grandma. I thought it was just that particular one I took but no, no. The whole fleet has a musty aura of urinity.
— Robin Owen-Ellis (@RobinOwenEllis) July 21, 2014
— Stella Harpley (@sortourstuff) July 21, 2014
@TfLOfficial Must have been about 40 degrees on number 8 bus tonight. Awful. TfL buses not worth the money. Will walk tomorrow.
— Ben H (@Blokebot) July 21, 2014
@MayorofLondon Whose idea was it to not have any windows that open on the new design 38 bus? They are like saunas!!!
— Tim Rugg (@truggy100) July 21, 2014
Great another new routemaster with no air con and also stinks like piss!!! 😡
— Katie Smith (@k8May) July 21, 2014
I thought the new Routemaster's were meant to be fully air-conditioned? #Boiling
— Natasha (@natashaleiper) July 21, 2014
— Anthony Davis (@theanthonydavis) July 21, 2014
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