Some of the media are trying to make a big thing over Boris saying that a new fleet of modern routemasters would cost about £100 million. Boris was “caught” on film and posted on Youtube. This, they say, is much higher than the £8 million first announced and more in line with Livingstone’s claims.
Livingstone originally claimed that conductors on these buses would cost £110 million. Boris never claimed that he could replace a whole fleet of buses for £8 million, Livingstone has earmarked a budget for new buses and the new routemaster will be bought within that budget.
Buses are not conductors.