Thanks to London Reconnections for helpfully tabulating the seating capacity and size of the Borismaster:
BM Capacity

  • Total Capacity: 87
  • Lower Deck: 22 seats
  • Upper Deck: 40 seats
  • Seating: 62
  • Standing: 25

BM Dimensions

  • Length: 11.2m
  • Width: 2.55m
  • Height: 4.4m
  • Weight ? kg

Let’s take a moment to add in some comparators:

RMXL [PDF] (Autocar bulbous thing) Capacity:

  • Total Capacity: 86
  • Lower Deck: 28 seats
  • Upper Deck: 48 seats
  • Seating: 76
  • Standing: 10

RMXL Dimensions

  • Length: 9.8m
  • Width: 2.55m
  • Height: 4.1 m
  • Weight: 8230kg

Wrightbus Gemini 2 HEV Capacity:

  • Total Capacity: 87
  • Lower Deck: 24 seats
  • Upper Deck: 41 seats
  • Seating: 65
  • Standing: 22

Wrightbus Gemini 2 HEV Dimensions

  • Length: 10.8 m
  • Width: 2.55 m
  • Height: 4.4 m
  • Weight: 12,271 kg

and just for fun…

Routemaster (RM) Capacity:

  • Total Capacity: 69
  • Lower Deck: 28 seats
  • Upper Deck: 36 seats
  • Seating: 64
  • Standing: 5

Routemaster (RM) Dimensions:

  • Length: 8.4m
  • Width: 2.4m
  • Height: 4.4 m
  • Weight: 7515 kg

Routemaster (RML) Capacity:

  • Total Capacity: 77
  • Lower Deck: 32  seats
  • Upper Deck: 40 seats
  • Seating: 72
  • Standing: 5

Routemaster (RML) Dimensions:

  • Length: 9.1m
  • Width: 2.4m
  • Height: 4.4 m
  • Weight: 7815 kg

What does this mean?  Well, no conductors, for a start – the low standing capacity of the RM was explicitly so the conductor could get round and avoid fare evasion.  Secondly the war on seats continues. As a noted bus commenter said a few years ago:

Could anything be more contemptuous of its customers than a modern bus? The seats are hard, there are far fewer downstairs than on the Routemaster, and some face backward…

…Never underestimate our masters’ obsession with outward form, as opposed to function and content.

Well, 22 lower saloon seats is far fewer than the Routemaster in a bus two metres longer and also fewer than any ‘modern bus’ Andy might have experienced lately manages, again in rather less length.  It’s perhaps not surprising that having urged Boris not to renege on the Routemaster pledge Gilligan has finally lost patience with his old idol’s, er, obsession with outward form:

What passengers want from their bus is a seat, but a modern one-person double decker has very few seats downstairs. Enormous amounts of space are wasted, particularly with the staircase, which TfL (unlike most other operators) insists must be straight.

From the glimpse on the video, it looks as if all the unnecessary staircases and doors may take up so much space that there will very few seats downstairs. Passengers may have hated the bendy buses, but TfL loved them. Its ambition is quite clearly to create a bendy-bus experience on the lower deck of the new vehicle.

Well, Andy, I’ve got little sympathy.  You wanted Boris elected, you conspired and smeared and concealed evidence and did everything you could to promote his campaign and your reward is exactly what we predicted – a shallow Mayor easily distracted by glitzy baubles and constitutionally and temperamentally ill-suited to the job you so enthusiastically promoted him for.  This ‘pointless mess’ is *your* pointless mess, Mr. Gilligan, and I intend to rub your damn interfering nose in it as a lesson to other self-proclaimed Great Journalists not to overreach their limited abilities.

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