Up to 600 LT-class New Buses for London will enter service on and before 2016, according to TfL’s announcement yesterday. The departure from the norm regarding this batch of buses, though, is that they will be owned by TfL (as is the vehicle design itself, of course). To date, the preferred acquisition method has been leasing. What the change indicates, to me at any rate, is that the NB4L is not anticipated to move beyond London at the end of its projected 14-year London life (not that we ever expected it to). Given the unusual nature of the bus, there’s no way that operators wish to get caught out as they did with leased artics.
Said the neighbouring Czech site Buspress.cz,
”Similar buses operate successfully in London and other European cities, but also in many places in Asia, both in normal operation and on scenic routes”