Currently the doors are set up to open on one control button only, but due to high fare evasion on these vehicles TfL have agreed to have the whole fleet of 1,000 buses modified.
A separate front door control button will be installed in the cab "thus enabling the front door opening signal to be decoupled from the mid and rear door opening signal"
Following trials with a front door only boarding scheme on Route 8 and N8 it was confirmed that fare evasion dropped sharply. It is estimated that £3.6 million is lost each year on fare evasion on New Routemasters and as a result the whole fleet will be modified to force passengers to board from the front only
TfL have declined to disclose costs of the scheme. They hope to have the conversions completed by early 2020 but the closure and subsequent takeover of Wrightbus will have had an effect on the final dates.
|Originally the New Routemasters operated with the rear door open and |
with a member of staff who supervised the platform area
This happened at a time when TfL's direct income from central Government was reducing and TfL was moving to be an entirely self-funding public body.
|Above, Excerpts from the Freedom of Information document|
According to answers received in the freedom from information document TfL say that they have no further plans to purchase new buses with three doors and two staircases.
Also when asked about the withdrawal of the bendy buses on the grounds of reducing fare evasion TfL said that the decision was made based on a Mayoralty priority.