MP Tables Last Bid to Save Routemaster Buses

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Greg Hands MP

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This week, Hammersmith & Fulham MP, Greg Hands, tabled a motion to Parliament in a last ditch attempt to save the Routemaster series of bus.

He says he regularly uses the number 14 and number 22 bus routes, both of which are serviced by ‘Routemasters’ – and believes their decommissioning on 22nd July 2005 will seriously take away from the character of the area.

The full text of the motion reads: “That this House expresses concern at plans to retire the Routemaster series of bus from the 14 and 22 routes, which operate from Putney to Westminster via Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea, on 22nd July 2005; notes that Routemaster buses have been a familiar sight around this part of London for half a century; acknowledges the popularity of the buses among Londoners; further notes the global recognition of the Routemaster as a symbol of London; and urges the Mayor of London and Transport for London to keep the popular Routemasters on the road.”

Mr Hands said that the 22nd July would be a sad day if the Mayor gets his way, “An enormous number of people have contacted me regarding the ‘Routemaster’ series of bus, all very concerned that its withdrawal will be yet another kick in the teeth for London traditions.

“The Routemaster is an iconic symbol of London – used for example on most travel guides to the City – and should be preserved. I sincerely hope the Mayor changes his mind, albeit at the eleventh hour.

July 7, 2005