The Mayor of London has unveiled the final design for the London bus which will enter service in 2012, based on the iconic Routemaster design.
The new bus will feature a hop-on hop-off service at the rear of the vehicle, similar to the Routemaster, with the option for this to be closed off at quiet times. There will be a total of three doors and two staircases to “aid speedier and smoother boarding”.
The Wrightbus-built vehicle includes two glass “swoops” picking out the staircases, and will be “15 per cent more fuel efficient than existing hybrid buses, and 40 per cent more efficient than conventional diesel double decks”.
Engineers are currently working on a static mockup of the bus, with the prototype due to be delivered late next year, and the new buses due to enter service from early 2012. One of Mayor Boris Johnson’s key pledges when running for office was the phasing out of London’s “bendy buses”, and their replacement with a modern day version of the Routemaster.
For more information visit london.gov.uk. A video explaining the design of the new bus can be seen below.