For those new to CabbieBlog or readers who are slightly forgetful, on Saturdays I’m republishing posts, many going back over a decade. Some will still be very relevant while others have become dated over time. Just think of this post as your weekend paper supplement.
Want to buy a bus, going cheap (16.06.09)
Arthur Daily would have managed to move them. But it seems that the London mayor’s first attempt to sell off the capital’s bendy buses has not met with success. A batch of thirty-one of these 58ft-long monsters from Mercedes Benz advertised in a trade magazine has failed to attract a buyer after six weeks.
Those with the £80,000 spare can buy one of the 350 which ultimately will be sold.
But buyers may have been put off by their chequered history. Introduced by then-mayor of London Ken Livingstone in 2001, bendy buses were temporarily taken out of service in 2005 when three suddenly caught fire. A year later, the evidence presented to the London Assembly showed that they are more likely to be involved in an accident than other buses in the fleet. Critics also said fare-dodgers were sneaking on the buses using the back doors, instead of the front ones next to the driver.
Go on, give a bus a home it would look great on the drive.
4 thoughts on “Previously Posted: Want to buy a bus, going cheap”
It wasn’t exactly a flexible friend.
Yes, good riddance to Livingston’s legacy. Thanks for the comment.
I used the Number 29 for a long time when it was a bendy bus. A regular commute from Camden Town to Trafalgar Square. It was indeed a fare dodgers paradise. I used to estimate that around 30% of the other passengers never paid a fare. And at night, tramps and homeless people used to sleep in the back section, because the bus ran the full 24 hours.
Best wishes, Pete.
I used the Number 29 to go to school from Cockfosters to Southgate, at the time the 29 went direct from Cockfosters to Trafalgar Square, not at the time I knew where Trafalgar Square was located in London.
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