Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Another Bendy Bus on Fire; Burnt Out: The Rear of the No. Bus Was Gutted at Ilford. One Driver Said: "How Many More Fires Will It Take before TfL Removes These Mobile Fire Hazards"

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Another Bendy Bus on Fire; Burnt Out: The Rear of the No. Bus Was Gutted at Ilford. One Driver Said: "How Many More Fires Will It Take before TfL Removes These Mobile Fire Hazards"

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Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY

FRESH safety fears were raised today after another bendy bus burst intoflames.

The No25 caught fire in Ilford, wrecking the entire rear section.

It was not in service but safety campaigners and drivers are concerned it couldhave been much more serious.

The bus was travelling from its depot at Waterden Road, Stratford, to Ilford,where it was due to enter service on Saturday.

In 2004 the entire fleet of 120 bendy buses was withdrawn after a series offires within weeks of each other.

Three were in service while another was being driven along the M25 for deliverywhen the engine caught fire.

No one was seriously injured in any of the fires but dozens were forced toflee. A year later a blaze in the engine set the No 436 on fire in New Cross.The incidents led to the buses, introduced by Ken Livingstone in 2001, beingdubbed "Ken's chariots of fire".

Today London TravelWatch spokeswoman Jo de Bank said: "We are very lucky thatno one was on board this bus as we could have been dealing with very seriousinjuries and even fatalities.

"In the past we have similarly been lucky that people have escaped unhurt.

"Safety of the passenger must be of paramount importance and this incident mustbe investigated." The fire led to bus drivers writing of their concerns on theinternet.

One said: "How many more fires will it take until Transport for London removesthese mobile fire hazards from the streets?" The [pounds sterling]200,000 buses were brought into replace the much-loved Routemaster, only three of which were destroyed byfire in 45 years.

Passenger groups warned after the 2004 fires that had the buses been full - andthey can carry 140 - there could have been tragedy.

In the first incident, in December 2003, the fire was so intense it not onlygutted the bus but also a nearby building in Edgware Road. …

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