WE are all supposed to be delighted that the bendy buses are gone and a big red vehicle based on the old Routemasters is hitting London’s roads on Boris Johnson’s orders. The 24 route heading to Hampstead Heath is one of the first places it will run. But ask the people stuck in a pretty lengthy jam on Kentish Town Road this afternoon what they think of the new design and they might not quite be in the mood for positive feedback. An abandoned new ‘Routemaster’ – doors left wide open – helped clog up NW5 by coming to a halt on its first day at the traffic lights marking the junction with Prince of Wales Road. The road was already full of buses from a Northern Line replacement service and at one stage the street looked like a sleeping depot of back to back double deckers at a standstill. Not a pretty sight.
For background, here’s The Telegraph cheerful guide to the new bus: it’s big, it’s red and it’s made in Britain.