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Out routed

New £354,000 Route Master bus crashes on Chelsea Bridge Road on second day in service


On Saturday, on seeing one of Boris Johnson’s new Route Master buses on the Kings Road, I commented about how impressive this vehicle was. Little did I expect, therefore, that only a day later, the very same vehicle would have ended up in a six vehicle pile up on Chelsea Bridge Road.


The scene of the Route Master "off route" 11 crash on Chelsea Bridge Road on Sunday 22nd September 2013
The scene of the Route Master 11 “off route” crash on Chelsea Bridge Road on Sunday 22nd September 2013

The £354,000 bus, which is said to have been “in service but off route”, is said to have run a red light and was travelling at speed. Observers commented that the bus appeared to be “out of control” and three people were seriously injured as a result of the collision.


Given that these buses – of which Johnson has ordered 600 – were also dubbed “cauldrons on wheels” in July after faults with their air conditioning were exposed, this does not bode well. Are the wheels falling off this £212 million project?



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