Devastation: the burnt out bus following a fire in Wallington earlier this week (Picture: London Ambulance Service)

Another bus caught alight in London this afternoon, the third blaze of its kind in a week.

Passengers were evacuated from the 152 service after it caught alight in south west London at 12.30pm.

London Fire Brigade said it was called to Western Road, Mitcham, to reports of a bus alight.

Firefighters dealt with the blaze quickly and it was out by 12.54pm, a spokeswoman said

It is believed the fire was caused by the engine overheating.

On November 3 a bus caught fire in Barnet, north London, after it collided with a car.

In Wallington, south west London, a bus was engulfed by flames and left burnt out following the incident.

Taxi News Comments

Will TFL now remove all of these buses from service in the same way that the removed the taxis from the streets after a few engine fires?

We very much doubt that TFL will take any action as it will directly affect their revenues. We all know that TFL nowadays put revenue above passenger safety, unless of course it is the income of Taxi Drivers that is affected where they would have no hesitation to remove vehicle from the streets.

There has also been cases of Toyota Pruis cars catching fire, at least three incidents have been reported where these so called “environmentally friendly” vehicles have burst into flames, but hundreds, if not thousands of these vehicles are still transporting passengers around our Capital City licensed by TFL.