Passengers went on Twitter to express their fury. One described the conditions as 'hotter than magma'. Another dubbed the buses 'moving saunas'. Others called on TfL to hand out water to passengers.
Temperatures recorded at 1pm yesterday on the upper deck of a No 24 bus reached 30.4C, more than 7C hotter than outside. Humidity hit 77 per cent, almost double that on the Tube and 15 points higher than Asian countries such as Malaysia. Heat levels on some of the buses were found to have exceeded the maximum allowed for transporting farm animals across Europe.
But look at the position of chummy's right hand. What is he doing?
So what should the "conductor" be doing.
Here is a summary from GoAhead's advert for staff to "conduct" on route 11 when that goes "Boris" in September.
The primary role of the Passenger Assistant is to travel the length of the route (so no nipping off for an ice cream at Camden, then?) and ensure that passengers board and alight the bus safely. You will also be required to signal to the driver when it’s safe to depart a bus stop. As part of the role it’s your responsibility to be visible to passengers (difficult to be invisible, but if you are, then don't apply) by patrolling both the lower and upper deck and be proactive in assisting with general enquiries, monitoring the wheelchair space and asking people to clear the area if a wheelchair user wishes to board. You will also be responsible for encouraging ...
... passengers to touch in with their oyster/contactless payment cards and ensuring that any litter is removed at the end of each trip.
If the automatic wheelchair ramp fails you will be required to deploy the ramp manually. (A big challenge, there!)
Deal with passengers in a friendly and courteous manor.(sic! or perhaps in a castle, or a country cottage! Perhaps be better at spelling than GoAhead management?)
Excellent communication skills with the ability to interact with large groups of people, good spoken English essential. (especially when dealing with foreign tourists; just shout louder and they will understand)
You must have exceptional customer service skills with a natural flair of providing clear and concise instructions and for going ‘the extra mile’. (I'm a bit tired, conductor, can you and your mate run me over Chelsea Bridge to get to my mam's flat.)
Ability to use a PDA/SMART device for providing up to date passenger information. (don't bother to ask if you don't know what one of these is because we don't either; that's why we use meaningless initials)
And candidates are told not to think of applying without a CV. "I have been doing a lot of standing at the dole office. And I have patrolled all the local factories to try and get a job. So I have become very resilient. So please ...
fbb predicts that
Oh, yes. What is this that fbb espied from his back seat?
**Heatherwick Consultants - designers of the Borismaster.