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Front runners to be London's next mayor signal the end of the road for the controversial 'Boris Bus'

The front runners to be London's next mayor today signaled the end of the road for the controversial 'Boris Bus' just four years after it was launched.

The 'New Routemaster' was commissioned by Boris Johnson to replace 'bendy buses' introduced by his predecessor Ken Livingstone.

But Tory mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith and Labour's Sadiq Khan vowed to switch to a new green fleet of electric or hydrogen buses.

The mayor ordered a further 200 Routemasters during a visit to the Northern Ireland factory where they are built.

It's got fantastic design features. This is a style icon that's gone around the world. It's on the James Bond films, it's used to advertise the United Kingdom across the planet.

– BORIS JOHNSON MP, MAYOR OF LONDON

The bus has been criticised for being too expensive and too hot. The current £320,000 price tag is £10,000 more expensive than other hybrid buses.

Transport for London is spending £3m retrofitting the fleet of 800 with windows which open and close after complaints from commuters during the Summer.

My ambition if elected on May the 5th is to ensure the entire fleet moves electric as quickly as possible.

– ZAC GOLDSMITH MP, CONSERVATIVE MAYORAL CANDIDATE

What we should be doing is thinking about either proper hybrid buses or by 2020 all the buses we order should be either electric or powered by hydrogen cell.

– SADIQ KHAN MP, LABOUR MAYORAL CANDIDATE

I think it's really wrong that the mayor is spending huge amounts of money and ordering over a hundred new buses in London.

I don't think it's good value for money and he shouldn't be tying the next mayor's hands.

– CAROLINE PIDGEON, LIBERAL DEMOCRAT MAYORAL CANDIDATE