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PM Lee takes a different Route through the heart of London

Published Fri, Mar 28, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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BEFORE he got down to yet another full day of meetings and functions yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong hopped on board an iconic red London bus for a short tour of the city. This double-decker vehicle, owned and operated by Singapore public transport firm ComfortDelGro's (CDG) UK subsidiary Metroline, is called the New Routemaster. The hybrid bus has been plying the streets of London since 2012; the plan is to have more than 600 of them in operation by 2016.

Seated on the upper deck, Mr Lee peppered CDG chief executive (UK and Ireland) Jaspal Singh with questions about the company and about London's public transport system in general. Mr Singh, a Singaporean who has been overseeing the group's investments in Britain since 2004, is a former career civil servant who rose to become deputy secretary in the finance and transport ministries in Singapore. Mr Lee was keen to know, for example, how CDG maintained its fleet of buses, the costs of running hybrid vehicles and the fare system in London.

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