– Boris Johnson
My primary concern is for the well-being of the woman who was injured in this incident.
A TfL investigation is underway but it would be wholly inappropriate to comment further until all the facts are known.
It's a sad indictment of Darren Johnson that he has chosen to pre-empt that investigation without knowing all the facts, and instead has used this passenger's misfortune to try and score political points.
Darren Johnson added:
In light of today’s tragic incident as well as concerns raised by disability and other campaign groups, the Mayor should order an immediate halt to the production of these vehicles. Londoners’ safety must come first and there are serious doubts hanging over the Mayor’s flagship bus today
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.
– Darren Johnson AM, Transport Committee Member
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.