Another Day, Another Routemaster Design

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 125 months ago
Another Day, Another Routemaster Design

The Routemaster bus design competition that TfL launched earlier in the year has long closed, and the winner is set to be announced next month, but the slow drip-feed of some of the more luscious entries continues. Having gawped at Foster + Partner's curvaceous model and grinned at H4's happy-looking effort, another competition entry from our German friends at design firm e21 has been unveiled.

The bus, which can be viewed here, features a rakishly titled front, like a City gent ambling to work, and a sleek grille that looks like it was pinched from a Bentley. The lower deck features space for seven wheelchairs via a ramp that automatically adjusts to kerb height, and a safety barrier that can be used in case of overcrowding. Upstairs, the designers have included a glass roof, with panels that can be opened or even replaced by energy-generating solar panels to power the electric motor. The bus also features side parts that can spring back into shape following a collision - sounds a little like the T-1000. Perhaps John Connor could be employed as a conductor.

Image of old-school Routemaster by -Lu¡s- via the Londonist Flickrpool

Last Updated 17 October 2008