New Routemaster bus unveiled in London

The new Routemaster bus in London Eight new Routemasters will operate on route 38 from February next year

The new Routemaster bus, with an open hop-on hop-off platform at the rear, has been unveiled in London.

Eight of the new buses will run on route 38, between Victoria Station and Hackney, from 20 February next year.

The prototype was built in Northern Ireland in two years after Mayor Boris Johnson declared it in his manifesto. Labour party said the buses cost £1.3m each and were a "shiny vanity project".

The bus was driven from City Hall to Trafalgar Square for the unveiling.

Routemasters were withdrawn from service in December 2005, but some still run on tourist routes.

Children from Kew Riverside Primary School, that won a prize in the original design competition, went to Trafalgar Square to see the bus arrive there.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC London

Weather

London

18 °C 9 °C

Features

  • Spanner CrabEdible images

    Are these the best food photographs of the past year?


  • Beckford's TowerFolly or fact?

    The unlikely debt capital of Britain


  • European starlingBird-brained

    How 60 starlings multiplied into a nightmare flock of 200 million


  • Observatory in Chile with sun in the backgroundStar struck

    Why tourists are flocking to Chile's observatories


  • Two people using sign language Signing out

    The decline of regional dialects for the deaf


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.