Open platform ditched in latest New Routemaster expansion
The latest London bus route to be converted to Borismaster operation is the 137, operated by Arriva, and running between Oxford Circus and Streatham Hill. The conversion started last week and will be completed by the end of this month. It has a peak requirement of 31 buses.
And, as with some other recent routes, it will be one-person-operated, rendering redundant the acclaimed ability of passengers to get on and off between stops.
Transport for London justifies this – essentially a cost-saving measure by dispensing with the conductor – by noting: “Every London bus route is different and as these buses are rolled out across the capital TfL will consider the best possible operating arrangements on a route by route basis. As the mayor has previously made clear, there will not be a requirement to have a conductor on every bus at all times”.