With no prior warning and with no reference to it on their website, TfL have suddenly removed the “conductors” from the New Bus For London prototypes on route 38, meaning the buses are all now operating as driver-only with the back door firmly shut whilst the vehicles are in motion.

Funny. Especially as, only yesterday, Boris Johnson was trumpeting on his new LBC radio show:

I’m told Londoners are confused by the ‘hop on, hop off’ system – we’re trying to get people to rediscover the joy of this

Yesterday Tom and I both observed, independently, the prototypes running with their back doors shut and no “conductor” on different parts of the 38 route and reports from Twitter users confirm this:

As for the production models on the 24 route, they’re still going as well as expected:

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