Routemaster-style bus on London’s route 38 - Boris Bus finally in service

08:15 27 February 2012

A new hop-on, hop-off red double-decker bus in Trafalgar Square, London

A new hop-on, hop-off red double-decker bus in Trafalgar Square, London

The first of the new Routemaster-inspired ‘Boris Buses’ – dubbed a vanity project by Labour – has gone into service today.

The hop-on, hop-off red double-decker bus - complete with driver and conductor – is running on route 38 which runs between Victoria station and Hackney in east London.

The last of the popular, open-platform Routemasters was withdrawn from regular service in December 2005, although some still run on tourist routes.

Mr Johnson promised a return for a new “green” successor to the Routemaster as well as vowing to get rid of the bendy buses, which have now all been withdrawn.

The first of the new buses will be operated by transport company Arriva. In total, eight of the new buses will enter passenger service in the first half of this year.

They have been built by Northern Ireland company Wrightbus, while London-based designers Heatherwick Studio have provided the exterior and interior design.

Mr Johnson has described the new bus as being “revolutionary” and “the latest, greatest masterpiece of British engineering and design”.

However Val Shawcross, Labour’s transport spokesperson on the London Assembly, has questioned the “spending of millions on re-designing buses” during hard economic times.

Labour claims the first new bus has cost £1.4 million – meaning travelling on it is the “most expensive bus ticket in history”.

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly group, said: “Boris Johnson made two specific promises to Londoners. One that the new ‘Routemaster’ style buses would be on London’s streets in 2011, and two, that the development costs associated with any new bus would be picked up by industry. He has broken both these promises.

“What Boris Johnson has managed to achieve is to hike up the cost of a single bus fare by 50 per cent and ensure that buses on routes across London are far more crowded.

“A single new bus which has cost Londoners’ a fortune will not cover up Boris Johnson’s real record on bus services.”

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the craft exploded over the Mojave desert.

Read more

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture crashed during a test flight. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket came down in the Mojave Desert in California. An eyewitness reported that the craft exploded in flight after ignition. A Virgin Galactic spokesman said the […]

Read more

Fans gather to celebrate the feline’s 40th birthday.

Read more

Promotions

BT Home Smart Cam

When I was first told by my boss that I would be doing a review on the BT Smart Cam 100 I didn’t quite know what to expect. Before even looking at the product I was picturing it as nothing more than a web cam with a fancy name.

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

One pilot is dead and another seriously injured after the craft exploded over the Mojave desert.

One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after a rocket belonging to billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture crashed during a test flight. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket came down in the Mojave Desert in California. An eyewitness reported that the craft exploded in flight after ignition. A Virgin Galactic spokesman said the […]

Another two men were taken to local hospital with serious injuries.

TOP Stories

Police attend the scene where a teenager was stabbed to death, outside a convenience store in Pilgrimage Street [Photograph by Alex Diaz/PA Wire

A teenager has been stabbed to death on Pilgrimage Street near Tabard Gardens this afternoon.

Police are looking for these two men after a sex worker was attacked with noxious gas in Soho (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Police have released images of two men they want to speak to after a sex worker and her friend were ‘sprayed with a noxious gas’ and then robbed at an address in Soho.

The man was fatally stabbed at Middlesex University in north London (Picture: Google Streetview)

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was fatally stabbed at Middlesex University campus in the early hours of this morning.

London Bloggers

Yesterday, 10:07
The Appilepsy team: Phil Efstathiou, Alex Telek , Clarence Ji, Miklos Molnar, Joran van Apeldoorn

In Tech City, things move fast. And sometimes erratically. Like phones in the pockets of people having epileptic seizures.

Friday, October 24, 2014
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit: