When Boris Johnson promised that if elected Mayor of London he would introduce a new Routemaster bus, I don’t think many expected him to interpret that quite as literally as he has.
For by the end of his term in office, there won’t be hoardes of new Routemaster buses on London’s roads. Not even scores or dozens. But there will be a new Routemaster bus. One bus. Just the single bus.
As London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon puts it:
We were promised that the new Routemaster bus would be up and running in 2011, but the harsh reality is that just one of these incredibly expensive buses will be on our roads before this Summer.
This latest admission exposes once and for all Boris Johnson’s real record on bus services. He promised to deliver a new bus for London within his four year term. In reality his record has been to hike up bus fares by 50 per cent and to allow buses to become more crowded.