New 'Routemaster' bus unveiled for London

After enduring bendy buses, there is hope for the future of bus travel in London again, with the unveiling of a new design for the next 'Routemaster' destined for the capital's streets.

The design for the new bus was inspired by the iconic Routemasters of old, and was specially designed for London. It features several key changes to the double decker buses familiar to anyone who has visited the city.

It has an extra door, with access now possible at the back, in the same style as the old hop-on, hop-off buses of old, and features a large swooping window that runs all the way up the staircase – promising the whole experience to be a much lighter one than on the current buses. There will be two staircases in total, and space for 87 passengers.

It should also be greener, with the new buses said to be 40 percent more efficient thanks to their hybrid engines. It's claimed they will emit 40 percent less CO2 than the current London buses.

"This iconic new part of our transport system is not only beautiful, but also has a green heart beating beneath its stylish, swooshing exterior," said mayor of London Boris Johnson.

"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."

The new buses should start to see service from 2012.

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