AlisonW - The .com test site

This site is currently being redeveloped. Although it will work fine it will continue to look terrible for a while yet. Sorry!

2010-05-18 - 18:03:00 - by AlisonW - Topic: Transport: Bus |

On the day we discover how empty the public purse really is, Boris Johnson – somehow elected as Mayor of London – unveils his new shiny.



A "Routemaster" in name only it will move fewer people than the buses it will replace; has no rear window to check what the bus following is for when you need to change routes; has no front seats upstairs – thus missing the whole point of a double decker – and is longer and wider than the original so won't deal with City streets and junctions so well (which was, indeed, the whole reason for the design features of the original Routemaster).

It is also massively more expensive than the alternatives at £300,000 per bus after the initial development costs of £1,200,000 per bus for the first five.



Recent posts:


A Future in Europe
Mrs May
The cult of personality
Clinton v Trump looking more likely
Dangerous stuff!
Who do you trust with your life?

Latest tweets

Today at 20:49 »
@rupertg I unexpectedly got a slot for Saturday (this!) a couple of hours ago. I wasn't even intending to try again…
Today at 20:47 »
@proactivepaul @jemgillam @MatthewIain86 I really remember how odd watching the film 1984 felt when I was _in_ 1984…
Today at 20:37 »
@proactivepaul This is the real issue. British homes are wayyy too small (frequently smaller than legal requirement…
Today at 20:32 »
@BobBurgher @MartinRemains Some of us had a #Lefax instead of the copy :-P
Today at 20:31 »
@MartinRemains I still have two! (an original and a Handspring). They were truly wonderful and great form factor.
Today at 20:30 »
:: as much applause as I can make in this small room without annoying too many neighbours ::
@weirb : West Brewery will do no more business with Tim Martin's Wetherspoons."We’d rather sweep the streets than do busin… .https://t.co/LgKpzgj0Rz
Today at 20:28 »
@proactivepaul I'm basically retired now, so in that sense unaffected, but it used to be that I regularly worked fr…