A leaked draft of the Mayor's election manifesto boasts that he has been responsible for putting 1,000 more buses on the roads and giving them room by cutting private traffic through the congestion charge.

Now Mr Livingstone is promising to make the buses "more accessible and environmentally friendly". Drivers will be trained to use the roads with more care and make passengers feel at ease. The increase in the number of women bus drivers will be "dramatic". Children under 18 will be allowed to ride free.

His manifesto also hints at the future for Britain's rail system, by revealing that he will seek to have a London Regional Rail Authority established to run the capital's suburban railway.

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Mayor pledges 'friendly' buses