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No More New Routemasters for London

SEEN is sad to learn (as an enthusiastic bus traveller) that the new routemaster buses, first brought to the capital by former London Mayor Boris Johnson, are to be discontinued by the present Mayor, Sadiq Khan. In all fairness, this was flagged up as a possibility by Sadiq Khan in his campaign for election, on the basis of costliness. The new routemasters were designed by Thomas Heatherwick, who are based in London, as a redesign of the iconic red bus.

New Bus for London

Sadiq Khan has chosen instead to put a four-year freeze on fares and to update sustainable technological facilities on the existing fleet – welcome news to many Londoners in the wake of strike disruption across the rail and tube networks.