Livingstone pulling figures out of his backside

A spokesperson for Ken Livingstone claims that it will cost £108,000,000 to put conductors on a new version of the Routemaster. This is up on the last “scare story” figure they threw into the debate.

Let’s just look at that figure for a second. Even if the proposed 337 new buses ran 24 hours a day, every day of the year, they could be conducted by 1416 conductors working an 8 hour shift 5 days a week. Divide the £108,000,000 by 1416 and you get a spend per conductor per year of over £76,000.

Let’s look at more realistic numbers. Let’s say each bus is on the road for about half of the time (still very optimistic from what I have seen of vehicle fleets) each conductor would cost over £152,00 per year. Even with holiday pay, sick pay, pension contributions, NI etc. it is still a ridiculously high figure.

When is Livingstone going to stop talking rubbish and when are we going to hear some policies from the other candidates?

4 responses to “Livingstone pulling figures out of his backside

  1. His figures are details on http://www.londonforken.co.uk/?p=64The conductors would cost £48m but you have forgotten about the cost of the buses themselves. Assuming one bus costs £100k then to replace 337 would cost £34m. But then you must take account for the capacity that bendy buses have, so you would actually need more new routemasters than the bendy buses you were replacing, apparently this means you would need 600 new buses.But then Ken’s figures begin to fall apart as they suggest that such a small number of buses would actually cost £600k each (I guess this assumes that no other town or country would want the same buses).But the cost is clearly massively more than the £8m that Boris thinks it will cost. Who’s backside did Boris get these figures from?As far as policies from other candidates go, you have heard them, copied them, and then accused them of stealing your policies – < HREF="http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2008/01/paddick-has-great-idea.html" REL="nofollow">http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2008/01/paddick-has-great-idea.html<>

  2. His figures are details on http://www.londonforken.co.uk/?p=64The conductors would cost £48m but you have forgotten about the cost of the buses themselves. Assuming one bus costs £100k then to replace 337 would cost £34m. But then you must take account for the capacity that bendy buses have, so you would actually need more new routemasters than the bendy buses you were replacing, apparently this means you would need 600 new buses.But then Ken’s figures begin to fall apart as they suggest that such a small number of buses would actually cost £600k each (I guess this assumes that no other town or country would want the same buses).But the cost is clearly massively more than the £8m that Boris thinks it will cost. Who’s backside did Boris get these figures from?As far as policies from other candidates go, you have heard them, copied them, and then accused them of stealing your policies – < HREF="http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2008/01/paddick-has-great-idea.html" REL="nofollow">http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2008/01/paddick-has-great-idea.html<>

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