Boris Johnson's new Routemasters first screeched into London back in 2012, but they've had a bit of a bumpy ride over the last few years. Initial reactions were pretty positive, until it got to summer and we all realised that without functioning windows, the new buses were unbearably hot, reaching temperatures in excess of 35C. Luckily, TfL listened to our cries and has started fitting the buses with windows that actually open.
But it turns out a lack of oxygen isn't the only problem that's plagued the new buses. It's been revealed that two thirds of all Routemasters have had to be recalled, as they were lacking a pretty important function – steering that works properly. Between October 2015 and February 2016, 468 of the 700 buses have had the wiring replaced in the power-assisted steering, because it was at risk of becoming 'non-functional'. Yikes.
But according to TfL's director of buses Mike Weston, 'there was no impact on passenger safety or service'. Still, it doesn't sound ideal. Let's just hope that's the last of the Routemaster's problems.