The lovely new Routemaster buses that have been replacing the weird old bendy things across London for the last few years have always had one pretty big problem -- a lack of opening windows. This means they can get quite hot, especially in the summer when they're full of tourists all breathing heavily and wearing coats because they thought London was all about fog and rain.
According to Transport for London bosses, the upgrade should be complete across the entire 800-strong bus fleet by the end of September, just in time for everyone to get ridiculously angry about anyone daring to open them and let the rain in. The problem's not that they don't have air conditioning -- they do -- but should anything stop the cooling systems working perfectly the interior heat can skyrocket, with some buses recorded as having top deck temps around the 30 degree mark.
A TfL spokesperson said: "As a result of feedback from our passengers, we’ve asked Wrightbus to fit opening windows to all New Routemaster buses. Passengers will have already seen the new windows on some routes, and other routes will follow over the summer, to be completed by late September."
It's costing around £2m to replace the windows on all the new buses. [Standard]