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 November 2011

Boris stands up for Tower Hamlets

Boris Johnson brings hope and unity to London. I have an abiding memory of Boris cycling along Whitechapel Road to a meeting. People came out of shops and buses stopped as Londoners cheered on their Mayor. In contrast Ken Livingstone came to Tower Hamlets to play politics - campaigning for an Independent candidate opposing his own Labour Party in a divisive local election.

Boris has not once raised his share of council tax. Ken Livingstone raised council tax every one of his 8 years as Mayor - costing the average household in London £963.58. Livingstone also cynically promised fare reductions before elections, before hiking them afterwards.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, Fighting London's corner, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport, transport, youth | Tags: Bendy bus, Crossrail, East end, Olympics, Routemaster, Tower hamlets, Tower hill, Trafaler square

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