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Aston Martin Routemaster design
New Routemaster winners announced
Steve Phillips, BBC London Travel
The competition launched in July to find a new routemaster bus for London has found its winner. Well two of them.
Warwickshire-based sports car maker Aston Martin, along with architects Foster and Partners, won the £25,000 prize jointly with Wiltshire bus maker Capoco Design.
A Transport for London spokesman said the first of the greener and more accessible, hop-on hop-off, double-deckers could be in service by 2011.
What happens next
The competition attracted about 700 entries, including those from children, and the winning designs will be passed on to bus manufacturers, to develop a final proposed design.
The Aston Martin-Foster bus design envisages a highly-manoeuvrable, zero-emissions vehicle, with solar panels built into a glass roof, full accessibility, warm lighting and wooden floors.
Joint winner Capoco's design
The Capoco design combines what the company describes as "the best of the old with the best of the new".
It has a low flat floor to allow easy access and will be low emission, but will also retain the Routemaster-style front engine and open rear platform.
Earlier this year, company design director Alan Ponsford told BBC London that a new Routemaster would take around three years from drawing board to road, with the project costing around £5-10 million.
The Capoco Routemaster would cost £200,000 each, which he compared to £150,000 for conventional double-deckers.
The winning youngster
The youngest winners were nine-year-olds Thomas Staricoff, from Brighton, and Olivia Carrier, from north-west London, who received £200 worth of bicycle vouchers for their drawings of what a new bus should look like.
Mayor Boris Johnson said: "We have had a phenomenal response, with ideas submitted from around the globe, and we now have, in our joint winners, two stunning designs that allow us to go forward and produce a truly iconic bus fit for 21st Century London."
But Labour's transport spokesperson on the London Assembly, Val Shawcross, said: "The design competition may have been fun and the winning designs are extremely impressive, but this is not a serious way to make policy and not a worthwhile use of public money.
"I have yet to hear one convincing argument for why London needs a new double-decker bus and until Boris comes up with some, Londoners will see this as little more than a vanity project. "
last updated: 19/12/2008 at 12:13
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