Boris Johnson talked about 'inventing a bus' during a speech in Manchester

Greg Evans
Saturday 27 July 2019 12:00
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Boris Johnson has given his first major speech as prime minister about his future plans for the UK, which included mentions of 'buses' and 'electric planes'.

Speaking at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, Johnson gave a typically rambling speech about how he intends to improve the transport links in the north of England.

His biggest pledge was to fund a high-speed rail link between Leeds and Manchester, which was greeted with a muted response, forcing Johnson to encourage the audience to applaud.

However, this promise hasn't been received entirely well, as London's unfinished Crossrail has already proven to be a lengthy and costly project, with some lamenting that the money could be spent elsewhere.

Johnson then went onto to talk about buses (yes, buses again). The PM said that he would improve the local bus services, where he mentioned that he 'invented a bus'.

I'm going to improve local services, with your help, that are used every day and I want that to start now with improvements that can happen in the short term and that means buses.

I know a lot about buses, believe me. I love buses, I helped to invent a new type of bus. I will begin in urgency, the transformation of local bus services here today in Manchester.

The 'invented bus' is probably the London Routemasters, which he introduced when he was London mayor but came under scrutiny after it was discovered that the windows couldn't be opened.

Johnson boast about the buses didn't exactly go down too well on Twitter.

Johnson then went on to talk about planes, electric planes in fact, which is something that he spoke about during his first address to the Commons on Thursday.

There will be a dawn of a new age of electric vehicles, not just cars or bicycles but electric planes.

Electric planes. It's happening already. Made possible with battery technology being developed now in the UK.

Electric planes do exist but they aren't exactly commonplace so this pledged raised a few eyebrows both today and on Thursday.

Johnson then rounded of his speech by talking about the iconic train Stephenson's Rocket and asked his audience if they remembered what happened when locomotive travel was first introduced in 1829. The answer is no as nobody who was around in 1829 is still alive.

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