Anthony Wells of UK Polling Report has spotted a YouGov poll that was in last weekend’s Sunday Times:
Conservative 37% (up 2%)
Labour 34% (up 6%)
Lib Dem 21% (down 7%)
Changes shown are compared to the final pre-election YouGov poll and confirms Labour up significantly at Lib Dem expense.
As Anthony says “Prime Ministerial approval ratings for David Cameron and Deputy PM approval ratings for Nick Clegg were both pretty much as you’d expect in a honeymoon period: good net positives (+36 for Cameron and +32 for Clegg), but with high levels of don’t knows for both (40% in each case) as people haven’t really had much time to judge yet. Other questions on the coalition were pretty much in line with the findings we’ve seen elsewhere – people are broadly positive, but don’t expect it to last 5 years.”
Boris Johnson has delivered on another one of his manifesto pledges by unveiling an updated version of the much loved Routemaster bus. Boris made a point of pledging to scrap Ken Livingstone’s “bendy buses” which have suffered some unfortunate accidents and were not popular with other road users or even bus passengers. Despite the age of the Routemaster design it was popular with most bus passengers and campaigns were fought to keep them in service.
The new Routemaster bus will have two doors, as well as an open platform allowing passengers to get on and off wherever they want. The bus will be 40 per cent more fuel efficient than existing diesel double-deckers. Boris’s office says it will have two staircases and be manufactured from lightweight materials and glass to produce a “light and airy feel inside”. However, critics have slated the rumoured cost of the new design and we will have to wait at least 18 months before any arrive on the streets of London.
After some of the recent disasters in Reading Buses procurement of eco-buses I believe we should watch London Transport’s experience with the new Routemaster carefully before even considering the possibility of introducing them to Reading.