MITC reacts to London Mayor bendy bus jibe
The Ministry for Infrastructure, Technology and Communications has reacted to humour by London Mayor, Boris Johnson, with regards to bendy buses during a speech at the British Conservative Party conference.
The mayor’s remarks also made it to the comment boxes and facebook pages of prominent Labour spokesmen here in Malta.
“Quite apart from the fact that this must be the first time in living memory that the MLP has found anything useful to repeat from the British Conservatives, we assure Mayor Johnston that passengers in Malta appreciate the comfort and the sheer capacity of articulated buses as they comfortably carry in a single bus journey what used to take 3 to 4 buses before,” the Ministry said.
“By our mathematics that is considerably less congestion, rather than more. Mayor Johnson's mathematics will have to work out the considerably higher expense for bespoke buses that London tax-payers have to pay for to replace the transferred bendy buses.
One need hardly point out that even if removed from London streets; articulated buses are hardly an exclusive feature of Maltese roads. They operate in just about every other city in Europe with high bus passenger numbers,” the Ministry said.