London Calling (Part 2): London introduces new version of iconic Routemaster bus

On 17 May 2010 the City of London unveiled the ‘Routemaster 2.0’ a new version of the iconic ‘Routemaster’ double-decker bus.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who is the Chair of Transport for London (the quasi-government organizing & ownership authority for transport in London), proposed a new ‘Routemaster’ design as part of his election campaign, and followed up with a design contest that received the attention of many famous architects & designers.

The new designs, the work of Thomas Heatherwick and Wrightbus, will appear on London roads in 2012, just in time for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Further information can be found here.

A rendering of the Routemaster 2.0 bus at Picadilly - courtesy of Transport for London

More details about the bus can be found in the video below:

TRANSIT Says:

Although we do not agree with Mayor of London Boris Johnson that the articulated or “bendy” bus is problematic on London roads, we cannot help but express our joy at any city that takes public transport as seriously as London does.

The Routemaster 2.0 is an interesting design and we cannot wait to see the buses on London’s streets.

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