When Boris Johnson was elected mayor of London beating Ken Livingstone, a group was set up on Facebook, 'Crips against routemasters' almost immediately. It made me worried - I am not a Londoner but I use buses regularly when I go there almost every week. My instincts were immediately that he cannot do this as it was by an EU directive that had made the buses accessible in the first place but then I read with a sinking heart this in Disability Now -
Disability, it seems, does not sit at the top of Boris Johnson’s list of priorities. When asked who he had been consulting with on his disability policies, he says: “With a wide range of relatives. Obviously, I’ve talked to various people. My team has talked to various people, but I am conscious that there is more I need to do to…” But when asked who his team had spoken to, he says: “I, I, I can’t say…I’m guided heavily by my mother.”
Before the elections, he had said last year in London's Evening Standard that he would scrap the bendy masters for the routemasters -
Boris Johnson has vowed that his first act as Mayor of London will be to scrap bendy buses and replace them with a modern-day Routemaster.
Mr Johnson said that the controversial buses were abused by fare dodgers and highly dangerous to cyclists.
Speaking at the first Tory candidates hustings meeting, the MP for Henley said that he would introduce a new version of the Routemaster bus that had been axed by Ken Livingstone. Their replacement would be fully accessible for the disabled and mothers with buggies.I do not really see how he would manage getting the routemasters accessible. It would be really costly.