Last Day For Bendy Bus Route 507

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 105 months ago
Last Day For Bendy Bus Route 507

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At last, a transport policy the Mayor can truly take credit for: today marks the first step in his election pledge to scrub the bendy bus from London's streets. Nine articulated vehicles on route 507 between Waterloo and Victoria will, from tomorrow, be replaced by brand new single-decker buses. Quoting the spirit if not the letter of Melville, and yet again obfuscating through grandiloquency, Johnson promised that these "writhing whales of the road have swung their hefty rear ends round our corners for the final time". The 507's frequency during rush hour will increase from 12 buses per hour to 18 per hour, which, if our shaky maths is right, actually represents an increase in capacity from 1,680 to 1,728 passengers per hour. However, London TravelWatch are still concerned about the increased dwell times at bus stops. Monday morning will be the first real test for this flagship Mayoral policy, but whether it will be worth the reported £12 million scrapping the bendies could cost will take a longer time to judge. And as for the existing 507s, seems that nobody stepped up to buy one — they're being sent to an airport in the Midlands.

Last Updated 24 July 2009

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To be honest, I am a bit concern about whether the conventional buses will be able to cope with the passenger numbers. Unless the Mayor plan to provide two normal buses for every bendy bus replaced, we're going to have quite a squeeze.


It's 15 buses instead of 9, so in order to keep the capacity up they've got (even) fewer seats than the bendies - 21 per bus (315 in total) against 49 per bus (441 in total). In other words, more people have to stand, and for this the contract costs TfL a couple of hundred thousand more per year. The amazing thing is that there's absolutely no upside except to Boris Johnson's image as a Man Who Gets Things Done. The nature of the 'Thing' is irrelevant in this PR-driven view of how to run a city. Prat.


Since there are 50% more buses and 2/3rd the number of doors (you can enter the rear door of the new 507) there can be no increase in dwell times.

They're still free though, as the rear door has a card reader, and you don't have to watch three doors for the stormtroopers.

Oh, and they don't overhang the pavement by 8 feet when turning corners. Good riddance HATEFUL Death bus