Borismaster launch delayed

Borismaster launch delayed Borismaster launch delayed
Having announced with much fanfare two months ago that the first of London mayor Boris Johnson’s “new Routemasters” would enter service on Monday 20 February, Transport for London has now had to delay their introduction to service by one week, saying that certification of the vehicles has taken longer than expected.

The first Borismasters are now expected to enter service with Arriva London on 27 February on route 38 from Victoria to Hackney. At the last count the project was costing £11.37million for design and development work, and the construction of eight prototypes by Wrightbus.

The main design feature of the Borismaster which distinguishes it from existing hybrid buses is that it has three doors – for the first time on a British double-deck bus – which means that for much of the time it will have to bear the cost of a two-person crew.