Open platform still present a danger on 19/12/2008
London TravelWatch has commented on the 'New Bus for London’, which was announced today.
Sharon Grant, Chair, London TravelWatch, said: “We hope that the Mayor will look carefully at the safety and revenue collection issues associated with this design.
“It is important to distinguish between fond memories and reality of bus travel in the 21st century. The idea of the open platform bus is an appealing one, but the 'golden age’ of the Routemaster was also one in which hundreds of people were killed or seriously injured as they leapt on and off these vehicles. As the numbers of Routemaster was withdrawn the number of such incidents declined.
"People would be alarmed if anyone suggested a train, tram or car carrying passengers should be allowed to move off and travel at 30 miles an hour with its doors open, and it is not clear why a bus is any different. Finally, there is an issue about how fares are collected. Returning to the days of conductors would add enormously to costs.”
For more information, please contact Jo deBank in the London TravelWatch press office on 020 7726 9953 or out of hours on 07734 055494
The voice of London's transport users
19 December 2008