Transport police will replace conductors on new London buses
New London mayor Boris Johnson's plan to reintroduce the old routemaster buses was fleshed out in a bit more detail today, as the mayor revealed he plans to have the buses stagged by transport police rather than conductors. The routemasters have an open back where people can hop on and off at will, and they require a person to be at that end to help people on and off and collect tickets.
Transport police will be used to replace "old-fashioned" bus conductors on the new Routemaster buses in London, Boris Johnson said today.
The mayor of London said that transport police support officers would help people on and off the back of the new fleet of buses and provide a figure of "authority" for passengers.
Johnson outlined his surprise plans for the staffing of the new bus fleet on the Vanessa Feltz show on BBC Radio London this morning.
The issue of bus conductors was prompted by a question from Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, who appeared on Feltz's show yesterday.