A woman has been left seriously injured after falling off the back of one of London's new Routemaster buses. The passenger fell from the platform of the double decker in Kentish Town this morning on the No24 route near Malden Crescent.
One of the main reasons why hop-on hop-off buses were phased out of London's transport system years ago was that they are not appropriate for a modern, accessible public transport system.
The second staff member whose job it is to guard the back platform comes at a cost of £62,000 per bus per year - £37m in total across the 600 buses in operation - but even with this extra staff member, a passenger fell onto the road and suffered serious injuries.
A total of 27 of the new driver-and-conductor buses, the brainchild of London Mayor Boris Johnson, will be operating on Route 24.
This runs from Hampstead Heath in north west London to Pimlico in central London and is used by 28,000 each day.
A greener, more-accessible successor to the driver-and-conductor Routemaster bus, the New Bus for London is made by the WrightBus company in Northern Ireland.
The first eight of the new buses have already run for some months alongside driver-only vehicles on the route 38 which runs from Clapton and Hackney in east London to Victoria in the centre of the capital.
The next route to get an entire fleet of the new buses will be Route 11 in September this year. This route runs from Liverpool Street station to Fulham Broadway.
In total, 600 of the new buses are on order.
Mr Johnson said: "All the way from Hampstead Heath to Pimlico Londoners can now hop aboard the world's cleanest, greenest bus of its type."
The last regular-service Routemaster ran in December 2005, although some still operate on tourist routes in London in addition to existing services.