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Wrightbus due to get order for 200 new Routemaster buses: London Boris Johnson gets finance green light

By Margaret Canning

Transport for London has approved finance of tens of millions of pounds for a further order of Routemaster buses from Ballymena firm Wrightbus.

But the board of TfL, which overlooks all forms of transport in the capital, has not yet made a definite further order for the red double-deckers, a familiar sight on roads around Ballymena during the test drive process.

According to TfL documents filed ahead of this morning's crunch board meeting, Wrightbus will close down its two Routemaster production lines if further orders are not secured.

The firm employs around 1,500 people in Ballymena. Around 800 Routemasters have been built by Wrightbus since 2012.

According to The Guardian, Wrightbus may get a lower price than before for the bus, at around £310,000 to £315,000, instead of prices of around £354,000 which were commanded by the Ballymena company at the start of its relationship with TfL.

But a spokeswoman for Wrightbus said: "Details of all of our contracts are commercially sensitive and confidential."

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