London to get 600 Routemasters

Transport for London yesterday agreed to roll out 600 new Routemaster buses over the next four years, but fare-payers will bear the cost. TfL will buy the buses directly from the manufacturer, after bus operators were reluctant to splash out on the vehicles individually. Around 93 buses will appear by the end of 2013, though TfL has not yet decided which routes on which to use the Routemasters. Boris Johnson pledged to expand the use of such new buses during his reelection campaign.