LT33, which broke down on route 24 whilst I was on it on Wednesday, is still not back in service.

LT36 broke down yesterday, also in Victoria Street, opposite Transport for London’s HQ. Ooops:


Despite repeated claims from, variously, Boris Johnson, Leon Daniels and Sir Peter Hendy that the ineffectual air cooling on the New Bus For London was fixed, Grayson Thermal Solutions have made the following announcement on their website:

Grayson Thermal Systems is proud to have been commissioned by Wrightbus to fix the problems that Transport for London (TfL) is having with the air conditioning systems on some of its new Routemaster buses.

Grayson service director Ian Hateley said: “Grayson did not supply the air conditioning systems that were installed on the “Boris Buses”, but nonetheless we are able to offer a full diagnostic and repair service. We have a large number of service vans and trained technicians based in the London area, and we are geared up to offer a fast and responsive emergency service.

“It’s a real shame that the current hot weather has led to problems with these great new buses, but we are confident that Grayson will be able to take the heat out of the situation quickly and efficiently.”

Are there any UK bus manufacturers who aren’t pointing and laughing at WrightBus?

Whichever manufacturer did supply the air conditioning systems for the New Bus For London should have been aware that their equipment did not work from the first time the very first prototype took to the road.

Neither they, WrightBus nor Transport for London did anything to remedy the problem in the 16 months that the prototypes were operating on route 38 and Boris Johnson went ahead and ordered 600 buses with air cooling equipment which is totally inadequate, especially on a bus with no opening windows.

Who is getting the bill for this almighty cock-up? WrightBus? The air cooling manufacturers? Transport for London?

Meanwhile, another roundup of Roastmaster conditions:





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