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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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