Autocar-inspired bus due in service in time for 2012 Olympics
18 May 2010

Transport for London has released the first official images of the next-generation Routemaster bus.

The New Bus for London was inspired by an Autocar story in its Christmas edition in 2007; after new London mayor Boris Johnson adopted the idea, he launched a competition to create an official design.

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The new bus, which will be built by Wrightbus in Northern Ireland, features extensive use of glass in a bid to give the interior a greater feeling of space. One of the most significant design touches is a pair of glass swoops at the rear and along the offside; TfL says these are to showcase the bus's two staircases.

As envisaged by the original Autocar story, the new Routemaster has an open platform at the rear, bringing back the old model's hop-on, hop-off principle. It will be closed during quieter periods of service, however.

TfL claims the new bus will be 15 per cent more efficient than existing hybrid buses, and 40 per cent more efficient than regular diesel double-deckers.

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Speaking at the new bus's launch, Johnson said, "This iconic new part of our transport system is not only beautiful, but also has a green heart beating beneath its stylish, swooshing exterior.

"I expect to eventually have hundreds of these on London's roads, and for cities around the globe to be beside themselves with envy for our stunning red emblem of 21st-century London."

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18 May 2010

so is it a petrol hybrid ?(hopes).

18 May 2010

How much does it cost compare to a normal double decker?

18 May 2010

I like it.

Beats the Bendy-Bus anyday, which replaced the double decker

18 May 2010

London gets it's iconic bus back. Good news after many near fatalities involving bendy busses and cyclists, motorbikes and pedestrians. Not to mention the fires and abuse of road space.

I ask you, will a bendy bus be used as wedding transport in 40 years time, no but the old routemaster is, alongside all the other classic cars.

18 May 2010

Has it adopted a version of the Vauxhall Flex 52 seating technology?

18 May 2010

It looks great, but are two staircases strictly necessary?

Anyhow, hope this comes good... London misses its Routemaster!

18 May 2010

[quote beachland2]so is it a petrol hybrid ?(hopes).[/quote]
Nope, diesel series hybrid (like Volt). I believe it will use the ford transit 2.4l diesel.

18 May 2010

It looks even better in these renders than the TFL video, Its almost got that art deco streamlining style that so many vehicles had in the 30's and I like the asymetrical bits. It looks like its gonna be quite long, like near to 15 metres.

To be fair to the bendy bus I've had no near fatalities with it and only conventional double deckers and I cycle a lot through central London. It just seems a case of some stupid cyclist thinking you can get along a bus and pavement and not be crushed. I hope we get them in Croydon though I doubt it as we don't have bendy bus routes just the Tram.

18 May 2010

will autocar do a back to back roadtest?

18 May 2010

[quote 230SL]How much does it cost compare to a normal double decker?[/quote]
£6m for five buses so far, but that's due to the R&D. I have no idea what they hope to get that down to, but it will depend on how many they make I guess. Ordinary double deckers cost about £190,000...


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