Woman badly injured in 'Routemaster' fall in Kentish Town

New London bus
Image caption The Routemaster-style buses allow passengers to get on and off from the rear of the bus

A woman has been seriously injured in a fall from the back of a new Routemaster-style bus in Kentish Town.

The woman hit her head when she fell getting off the route 24 bus on Prince of Wales Road, at the junction of Malden Crescent, on Friday morning.

She was taken to St Mary's Hospital. Transport for London said it had launched a thorough investigation.

The buses were launched on route 24, which goes from Hampstead Heath-Pimlico, in June.

'Political points'

Darren Johnson, Green member on the London Assembly Transport Committee member, said: "One of the main reasons why hop-on, hop-off buses were phased out of London's transport system years ago was that they are not appropriate for a modern, accessible public transport system."

He added: "In light of today's tragic incident as well, as concerns raised by disability and other campaign groups, the mayor should order an immediate halt to the production of these vehicles."

In response, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "My primary concern is for the well-being of the woman who was injured in this incident.

"A TfL investigation is under way but it would be wholly inappropriate to comment further until all the facts are known.

"It's a sad indictment of Darren Johnson that he has chosen to pre-empt that investigation without knowing all the facts, and instead has used this passenger's misfortune to try and score political points."

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