Ooh, London Connections linked to us. Welcome, I’m a long time fan.

Anyway, in the long-running saga of bendy bus routes and contracts, the uk.transport.london newsgroup has turned its giant collective transport fact-collecting braindump on the subject and has some corrections for me. Their distilled wisdom appears to be:

25 and 73 have been extended from 2009 to 2011 (I’d love to know when this was done, incidentally). This leaves 12, 38, 507 and 521 as the routes possibly stopping being bendy next year, only the 12 and 38 of which aren’t going to cause colossal problems – the 521 in particular runs every *three* minutes in the peak from Waterloo through the City, out to London Bridge and return. Possibly that’s the one that isn’t going to go double-decker.

People don’t like going upstairs on double-deckers (fear of crime? pointless on short journeys?) so the result will be crush loading downstairs.

Using new untried vehicles in large number risks high costs and potential unreliability.

Bendy use on routes 436 and 453 will extend to 2015 if the two year good performance extensions are awarded.

If they try and force single-entry buses on any of the really high-capacity routes expiring next year they’re going to come a cropper – the public who have to use them will be outraged and clamouring for the bendies back. A childish part of me wants them to try and fail, but the grown-up part wants them to see sense and not inconvenience a large number of people. What’s for sure, if they do it, we here at Boris Watch will make sure people know that the Conservative’s favourite think tank Policy Exchange and Andrew Gilligan are responsible.

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