Friday, February 25, 2011

The New London Bus - 'Routemaster'

Boris Johnson has unveiled the final design for London's new-look double-decker buses.

The mayor said the updated jump-on, jump-off Routemaster would give passengers a "greener, light and airy" service when it is introduced in the capital in 2012. The vehicles were a key part of Johnson's 2008 election manifesto and will feature two doors as well as an open platform allowing passengers to hop on and off. According to the mayor's office they will have two staircases and be made of lightweight materials, making them 15% more fuel-efficient than existing hybrid buses and 40% more efficient than conventional diesel double-deckers. The buses are being made by the Northern Irish manufacturer Wrightbus.