London Mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed an order for another 195 New Routemaster buses at a cost of £62 million.
On a visit to Northern Ireland, Mr Johnson announced that Transport for London (TfL) would buy the controversial buses, popularly known as ‘Boris Buses’, from manufacturer Wrightbus.
The New Routemaster is popularly known as the 'Boris bus'
City Hall said the order was at ‘a reduced rate’ of £319,000 per bus, which is comparable to the cost of a standard hybrid bus.
It said the buses will increase the number of hybrid buses in London to 1,900 when they enter service in summer 2017. This will represent 20% of the overall fleet.
Mr Johnson said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be able to confirm a further order for these superb buses. They are a masterpiece of British engineering and design, and they prove that we are capable of building a bus in the UK with cutting edge technology that simultaneously delivers jobs and growth around the country.’
Last month Mr Johnson chaired the TfL board meeting that approved funding for the new buses.