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Why was the Routemaster bus got rid of from London's streets?

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Answer #1 | 12/12 2013 13:37
Ken livingstone got rid of them.an american lawyer fell of the open platform and sued london transport.and wheelchair users could not board them.That said the routemaster was a triumph of british engineering genius it was simple and reliable.I for one miss its demise.thanyou ken livingstone.
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Answer #2 | 13/12 2013 06:23
I've worked with someone who was involved in keeping them on the road. Whilst it's true that they look the part, underneath he found them very difficult to maintain, made worse by how old they were. And because vehicle legislation moves ever onward for reasons of safety, environment, disabled-access, etc, it wouldn't have been legal to build a modern replica. I agree that bendy-buses weren't the right solution for London's narrow streets, but I also have a friend who really liked the speed with which people could board and alight at stops. And TfL can allegedly be fickle - I know of one bus manufacturer who put a lot of effort into making a single-deck bus with a second door behind the rear axle. Then when TfL tried it, they decided they didn't like it.
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