New Routemaster: The first verdict
What I saw today at the Acton Transport Museum Depot was - give or take a few tweaks - what we'll be seeing on the streets of London in 2012.
On first impressions the new (and as yet, unnamed) bus has a familiar modern shape at the front. But going to the back, the spirit of the Routemaster is there with the open platform at the rear, and the curve up to the roof on top.
Have a look at the gallery. By the way, it really is red. The lighting turned it orange!
But this bus for all its sleek design has to function as a bus.
Going inside, I was struck by the space - a far cry from the cramped conditions of the old Routemaster. With three doors including the open platform, and two staircases it seems designers have sacrificed seating for access. Though they have worked in space for disabled passengers.
You can enter through any door as you can with a Bendy, swipe your oyster and if you go upstairs you'll find another similarity with the Routemaster - the lack of head room.
All in all though, it's impressive and also ticks a lot of environmental boxes with its carbon emissions 40% less than a conventional diesel bus.
But can we afford it, especially with hard financial times ahead? Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy thinks we can in an interview with me at the depot.
So, what say you? Do we need this new bus? Should TfL be spending money on it? And what should it be called?!
So far we've had suggestions for the Olympic Bus, the Cosmo, The Londoner, the Route King and the Swoosh.
A lot of you came up with one that my colleague on TV, Alice Bhandhukravi put to the Mayor - was it going to be called the BorisBus.
Boris replied that we should ask our viewers what it should be named.
Though he may well think again before reinventing anymore transport modes beginning with 'B'.
Over to you.
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