Thanks to Simon Harris of ITV for taking and tweeting this picture:

NB4L Capacity Placard

We can now confirm the maths in the previous post and say that contrary to what Boris and TfL have been saying for years they’ve just spunked £212m on a 600 buses which carry 9% fewer passengers than a regular off the shelf hybrid, which is also 25% cheaper.

We still don’t know the fuel consumption because TfL won’t tell us.  The ICO will be contacted later about TfL’s refusal to answer simple FoI requests.

For comparison, here’s the stats for the the original long Routemaster (RML) against the ‘best bus in the world’ (as Boris put it):

  •  RML: 7874kg – 72 seats – 5 standing
  •  NB4L: 12460kg – 62 seats – 18 standing

So the NB4L achieves the magnificent feat of weighing 58% more despite having fewer seats.

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