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London's new double-decker bus – Click above for high-res image gallery

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, was on hand at the London Transport Museum today to unveil his city's future of public transportation. A full-size mock-up of the bus was on display and the design is clearly a nod to the past. Modeled after the original Routemaster, this updated double-decker brings the style into the 21st century while keeping touches of the old bus' charm. The new bus, which is being manufactured by Wrightbus, features an open platform in the rear, which marks the return of the traditional hop-on-hop-off service.

Quickly moving from rendering and video to this mock-up, the first Wrightbus prototype is scheduled to be delivered next year. After that, five production buses will enter service in 2012, just in time for the Olypmics. Check it out in the gallery below or watch the video after the jump.


New Double-Decker Bus for London
  • New Double-Decker Bus for London
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: A mock up of the New Bus for London is shown to reporters at Acton on November 11, 2010 in London, England. The new bus design mimics some of the features of the iconic red London Routemaster bus and is scheduled to come into service in 2012. The original Routemaster was introduced in 1956 and a number of them are still in use on heritage routes in London, following their withdrawal from regular routes in 2005. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
  • New Double-Decker Bus for London
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: A mock up of the New Bus for London is shown to reporters at Acton on November 11, 2010 in London, England. The new bus design mimics some of the features of the iconic red London Routemaster bus and is scheduled to come into service in 2012. The original Routemaster was introduced in 1956 and a number of them are still in use on heritage routes in London, following their withdrawal from regular routes in 2005. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
  • New Double-Decker Bus for London
  • Mayor of London Boris Johnson stands on a mock up of the New Bus for London in Acton on November 11, 2010 in London, England. The new bus will come into service in 2012. The design mimics some of the features of the iconic red London Routmaster bus - a number of which are still in use after their introduction in
  • New Double-Decker Bus for London
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Mayor of London Boris Johnson stands in front of a mock up of the New Bus for London in Acton on November 11, 2010 in London, England. The new bus design mimics some of the features of the iconic red London Routemaster bus and is scheduled to come into service in 2012. The original Routemaster was introduced in 1956 and a number of them are still in use on heritage routes in London, following their withdrawal from regular routes in 2005. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
  • New Double-Decker Bus for London
  • New Double-Decker Bus for London
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: A mock up of the interior of the New Bus for London is shown to reporters at Acton on November 11, 2010 in London, England. The new bus design mimics some of the features of the iconic red London Routemaster bus and is scheduled to come into service in 2012. The original Routemaster was introduced in 1956 and a number of them are still in use on heritage routes in London, following their withdrawal from regular routes in 2005. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
[Source: BBC News]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone gift the mayor a comb?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want to know how clean this thing is. More importantly these days for large vehicles like these on the road that burn so much petroleum, is how clean is it. Every country and city in the world should be looking for efficiency in their daily transit transportation. If it's new it needs to be clean, that should be first thought in the design, secondly should be looks, and third should be 0-60 speeds. LOL
      I know they are very expensive, but by implementing them now will bring down the costs of the technology and in the future will save the cities lots of money on gas while getting rid of the smog still in the air of some major cities.
      http://www.mta.info/busco/hybrid_bus.htm
        • 4 Years Ago
        i think i read a while back that they where aiming to be envorinmently friendly
      • 4 Years Ago
      they must have done some mad packaging if they will keep this lay-out in production:
      -->The engine looks to be under the stairs in the back corner.
      -->the floor isn't raised between the rear (drive) wheels.
      Only good way to do that is with a series hybrid set-up. I would have to guess any batteries are under the very-low-to-the-ground floor. If they can pull it off- cudos to them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's like a bus with a huge forehead

      Can you imagine trying to maneuver this around the streets of London
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have you never been to London? Do you not realize that there are tons of huge buses all over the city? They're more angular than this, but I don't think they're any longer. Besides, check out that front overhang!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's called efficient use of space, something Americans know nothing about.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks utterly moronic. boris johnson, that is. the bus looks fantastic. there's something about british design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is actually one of the cleanest designs I've seen in a while in the whole auto industry!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the Oscar Mayer Wienermoble.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice blend of retro and modern styling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The approach angle looks terrible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Who cares, I wanna know what it does on the Ring, and is it faster than the GTR?

        ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      So india is making the bus for england?
        tom
        • 4 Years Ago
        that is because the bus is huge, Beavis! Butthead said that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The mock-up was built in Northern Ireland by Wrightbus of Ballymena. I believe they'll also be making the five working prototypes that will enter service in the next year or two. One of the tragedies of the bendy bus era in London is that those vehicles were all designed and manufactured abroad. Wrightbus, Alexander Dennis and Optare are all UK based businesses employing UK citizens who really ought to have preference when supplying fleets in our capital city.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So I have to wait 20 years to see this being jumped at David's Farm?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a Japanese Cartoon character from the front.
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