The replacement for the iconic London Routemaster bus has entered service today
27 February 2012

The replacement for the iconic London Routemaster bus has entered service today. The New Bus for London will collect its first fares on the 38 route from Hackney to Victoria. The first bus will be joined by another seven prototypes by the end of May.

The new bus uses a 4.5-litre diesel engine to power an electric motor, which produces 1844lb ft from standstill. This technology means the 17,900kg vehicle emits 640g/km of CO2, which is half that of a current diesel-engined bus. Fuel economy of 11.6mpg is twice that of a standard bus.

In May 2011, an engineering test vehicle was unveiled at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. The vehicle underwent months of intensive structural, engineering and emissions testing and drove more than 6000 miles in conditions simulating London traffic.

Internal features include three entrances and two staircases to enable fast boarding and alighting of passengers, as well as an open rear platform. Other technology includes LED lighting, new hard-wearing fabric and wireless bell pushes.

In 2007, Autocar’s Associate Editor, Hilton Holloway began to consider what a 21st century version of the iconic London Routemaster would look like. A collaboration with Capoco Design resulted in the Routemaster Olympian, a concept which morphed into the New Bus for London.

The New Bus for London was the subject of Autocar's Christmas 2011 road test.

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27 February 2012

It's a shame that the folly behind the NB4L project isn't being fully revealed by Autocar and others. The contract and tendering process was a joke and it should be exposed. As one of those involved in original design tendering said: "All credit to Wrightbus & Heatherwick Studio for taking it on – very good work if can get it – but it should never have been offered in the first place."

27 February 2012

The bendy bus is dead - long live the Routemaster!

Looks great except for the 'beef steak' upholstery. Makes the seats look as though they should be hanging in an abattoir!!

27 February 2012

[quote sirwilliam]

It's a shame that the folly behind the NB4L project isn't being fully revealed by Autocar and others. The contract and tendering process was a joke and it should be exposed. As one of those involved in original design tendering said: "All credit to Wrightbus & Heatherwick Studio for taking it on – very good work if can get it – but it should never have been offered in the first place."

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Sadly this is a the case for quite a few TFL projets, so this should come as no surprise to anyone.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

27 February 2012

Can anyone please expalin to me the advantages of the Borisbus over the ADL Enviro 400H Hybrid bus other than it carries more passengers? Is this going to be another Routemaster, which was obsolete before it came out and was only ever operated by one company outside London?

27 February 2012

Why does it have an eyepatch?

27 February 2012

For some reason, whenever I look at this bus, I can't help but think of Clockwork Orange.

27 February 2012

Let's all beat on an innovative product shall we? Not only is fuel economy and CO2 significantly better, but with a smaller diesel engine running at more optimised revs for the generator (rather than stop/start constantly) there will also be much lower particulate and NOx emissions. The buses look good and will be a factor in continuing to bring tourists in to London. The buses are better than anything that has gone before it, and after the initial tranche they will be much cheaper and competitive on price with the alternatives. I hate the way as soon as anyone does anything "right" in the UK everyone starts whining about something being a waste of money. Get over it this one time and be pleased that London now has a bus that suits the needs and demands of the city, which no other bus had been able to do since the last routemasters.

27 February 2012

[quote sirwilliam]The contract and tendering process was a joke and it should be exposed. As one of those involved in original design tendering said: "All credit to Wrightbus & Heatherwick Studio for taking it on – very good work if can get it – but it should never have been offered in the first place."[/quote] Perhaps you could explain what the "true" situation is rather than just posting knocking copy without any hard evidence. In these litigious days I feel sure that had anything improper happened in the process there would have been lawsuits or judicial reviews flying around before one could say "bendy-bus"! Personally, I applaud this move back to a double decker and think those responsible should be praised and given credit for re-introducing such an iconic vehicle back onto our streets, including Boris Johnson for pushing it through.


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27 February 2012

[quote ordinary bloke][quote sirwilliam]The contract and tendering process was a joke and it should be exposed. As one of those involved in original design tendering said: "All credit to Wrightbus & Heatherwick Studio for taking it on – very good work if can get it – but it should never have been offered in the first place."[/quote] Perhaps you could explain what the "true" situation is rather than just posting knocking copy without any hard evidence. In these litigious days I feel sure that had anything improper happened in the process there would have been lawsuits or judicial reviews flying around before one could say "bendy-bus"! Personally, I applaud this move back to a double decker and think those responsible should be praised and given credit for re-introducing such an iconic vehicle back onto our streets, including Boris Johnson for pushing it through.[/quote]

Ordinary, the quote sirwilliam provides comes from a press release by Capoco (one of the design companies that unsuccessfully pitched for the NB4L with Alexander Dennis (as manufacturer)), which was published earlier this month, I think. Their main beef is that Heatherwick Studios, the designer, were never part of the competition process but were instead appointed by TfL (not selected by Wrightbus), and were done so after Wrightbus won the build bid.

To me it read more like a badly written case of sour grapes, and the timing of the release, more than two years after the event, and at a time when the bus was finally hitting the roads, is a little unseemly; unless, of course, Capoco are intending to take things further.

Autocar got a namecheck in it too...but only in reference to the original bit of fun that preceeded this; no suggestion of wrong doing on their part.

27 February 2012

Was strange seeing these heading down from Ballymena on their way to the ferry. On the roads around the factory near Glenarm it is something of a busspotters dream - tfL, First, Lothian etc.

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