06 January 2012

Barnet welcomes 'Boris Bus'

I was delighted to welcome the new Routemaster, or 'Boris Bus' as they will inevitably be known, to Golders Green. The new bus will replace Ken Livingstone's hated giant bendy buses - now completely banished from the capital, as promised by Boris. Golders Green was one of the last places to lose the original Routemaster and I know will enthusiastically welcome it back in its new modern form.

Scrapping bendy-buses has saved some £7m as they were notorious for fare dodging. In contrast the new Boris Bus will be suited to Barnet's roads, environmentally friendly and when a conductor is on board passengers will be again able to hop on and off using the rear open platform.

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Categories: London, transport | Tags: Barnet, Golders green, Mike freer, New bus for london, Routemaster

15 December 2011

Boris in Brent

What I like most about Boris is he delivers on his promises. I was delighted when he got rid of the bendy buses, especially on the 18 route, as they regularly created congestion. I can’t wait to see the new double decker that is being deployed shortly.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Barclays cycle hire, Bendy bus, Brent, Brent river park, Lane rental, New bus for london

13 December 2011

Heading in the right direction

I’ve lived in Stroud Green in Haringey for ten years now and I love it here.  Though one of the few downsides is the local council. For years has clobbered us with a hefty council tax bill, without much thought for value for money. And before Boris became mayor, the mayor’s share of council tax was going up and up.

So it has been a welcome relief that Boris has been able to put a stop to that - freezing his share for three years in a row.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Bendy bus, Council tax freeze, Haringey, New bus for london, Stroud green, Tottenham, Value for money

25 June 2011

Bye bye bendy, bye bye

Something has just disappeared from Stratford Broadway and in its place has come sense.

Yes, bendy buses have ceased to run the Number 25 route. I took my final bendy bus trip on the number 25 route on Friday night and it was a great feeling knowing these unsuitable beasts are being removed from the capital's streets!

As Mayor Boris Johnson said, "These writhing whales of the road have swung their hefty rear ends round our corners for the final time."

The 25 is the latest route to scrap the ghastly bendy with the rest set to be phased out in the coming months.

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Categories: London, transport | Tags: Bendy bus, New bus for london, Route 25, Routemaster