Yesterday, Boris Johnson spoke to BBC London Transport Correspondent, Tom Edwards, concerning the sauna-like conditions being experienced by passengers on the New Bus For London:

This is simply a teething problem and I’ve spoken to several people who said they had a fine, a fantastic experience on, er, I know there’ve been some people who’ve had Bikram Yoga-type experiences, you know, obviously we’re sorry for that. 

There was a technical problem which has been rectified.

The Mayor also made the same claim to the Evening Standard’s Pippa Crerar:

Yeah? Jimmy Hill, as we Routemaster-riding children of the 1970s would say. Transport commentator Christian Wolmar decided to try out the New Bus For London today:


Other passengers also report the same problems today, some in a rather more forthright manner:




The “conductors” have been preventing the claimed “hop on, hop off” facility:


The wheelchair space is unusable for electric wheelchairs:


Repeated promises that the air cooling system has been fixed when it clearly has not, “conductors” still denying passengers the pleasure of leaping off and a wheelchair bay which isn’t fit for purpose. These problems don’t seem to be going away any time soon, so when will the Mayor and TfL admit that their “great feat of British engineering” is nothing of the sort?

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