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It's Been A Ride

London says farewell to the bendy bus

Written by . Published on December 9th 2011.

It's Been A Ride

BORIS Johnson has finally got what he wanted: the complete removal of bendy buses from the London streets.

The last of the vehicles will be removed tonight, bringing an end to a decade long service to twelve routes. 

The main motive behind the change is a high percentage of fare evaders and the bus’ incompatibility with the narrow London streets.

However campaigners believe they were, “the most accessible bus in London” especially for wheelchair users. Transport for All say the decision is “nuts” as the Routemaster-style replacement buses have minimal space for wheelchairs.

“On every other bus in London, wheelchair users are frequently left stranded at the bus stop when pushchairs refuse to fold their buggy and give up the wheelchair bay,” said spokesperson Lianne Etkind.

The last bendy bus service will be the 207 between Hayes and White City – all buses are to be taken off the roads by midnight. Transport for London (TFL) claim the change will bring in £7.4 million from the decrease in fare evaders.

TFL will be replacing the bendy buses with 500 new route-master style vehicles and Johnson claims there will be more buses during the rush hour.

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AnonymousDecember 9th 2011.

NOOOOOOOOOOOO, no more free transport!!!!!

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