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The London Bendy Bus

The London Bendy Bus


Between 2002 and 2006 six of London s bus companies put into service 390 articulated bendy buses on twelve routes for Transport for London. During what turned out to be a foreshortened nine years in service, the Mercedes-Benz Citaro G buses familiar on the continent and worldwide earned an unenviable reputation in London; according to who you read and who you believed, they caught fire at the drop of a hat, they maimed cyclists, they drained revenue from the system due to their susceptibility to fare evasion, they transported already long-suffering passengers in standing crush loads like cattle and they contributed to the extinction of the Routemaster from frontline service. In short, the bus we hated. This account is an attempt by a long-time detractor of the bendy buses to set the vehicles in their proper context not quite to rehabilitate them, but to be as fair as is possible towards a mode of transport which felt about as un-British as could be.

Additional Information

Stock Code: PS172.0
Author: Wharmby M
ISBN13: 9781783831722
Height(mm): 282
Width(mm): 216
Page Count: 112
Publication Date: 11 Mar 2016
Publisher: PEN & SWORD
Publication Status: Available
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