As I said in my
previous article, the £302.5 million Wrightbus New Routemaster buses are to
have new window openings installed at the cost of £2 million due to TFL having
had 4 years of complaints and scrutiny over ventilation and air cooling issues.
According to TFL’s
board paper to be presented at the 24thSeptember
2015 meeting and titled “Operational and
Financial Performance and Investment Programme Reports,” the Estimated
Final Costs have now increased to a whopping £302.5 million!
Also, the target date
for 600 New Routemasters has moved to the 31stOctober 2015. And their final target to have
all 800 NRM buses is by the 30thApril
2016 which means the New Routemaster deliveries are finished.
Taking a look at one
of the TFL board papers from 24thSeptember
2015, it says:
Thameslink is a National Rail route
that starts North of London, going from Bedford/Luton/St Albans; it goes via
Central London serving Kentish Town, (Kings Cross) St Pancras, Farringdon, City
Thameslink, Blackfriars and then ends South at Brighton/Sutton/Sevenoaks.
During the early to late 1990’s, part of the Thameslink route was featured on the Tube Map
from North to South, going from Kentish Town to where it splits to London
Bridge and Elephant & Castle stations.
who are currently constructing the Class
345 have unveiled their bodyshell for TFL to report on.
TFL reports on their press
production of the new Crossrail trains, which will help meet the needs of the
rapidly growing population of London and the South East, has reached an
important milestone with the completion of a test carriage at Bombardier's
train manufacturing plant in Derby.
first body shell is being used to refine the design and the manufacturing
techniques needed for the full production of the 594 carriages needed for the
66 Crossrail trains.
a long wait, Alexander Dennis has just unveiled their new double deck design
which is similar to the New Routemaster that Thomas Heatherwick designed.
Bus and Coach magazinehas written:
London-spec version of ADL’s new Enviro400 double-deck will be unveiled at
Coach & Bus Live at the NEC on 30 September. The hybrid bus is one of an
order for 19 for Arriva London which will go into service on route 78 later this year.
since Britain’s buses were deregulated in 1986, we have seen bus operating
companies providing services which contain audio-visual announcements, free
Wi-Fi internet, charging points for people to charge their electrical devices,
CCTV, leather seats and frequent services.
the private operating companies wanted to provide first class luxury services
in order to gain more customers to their services.
list the operators which do provide that type of service.
The good news for people commuting to and from Dartford Railway Station is that you will be able to use your Oyster or Contactless bank card in both directions.
TFL's Press release:
Thousands of rail passengers are set for cheaper fares and more convenient journeys from Sunday 6 September as acceptance of contactless payments and Oyster is extended to pay as you go travel on Southeastern services to and from Dartford station.