The 'New Routemaster' Bus: An Update

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 96 months ago
The 'New Routemaster' Bus: An Update

1609_routemaster.jpg BBC London has been out to Ballymena, Northern Ireland, to visit the headquarters of Wrightbus, the company charged with building the New Bus for London, occasionally known as 'son of Routemaster'. They've come back with pictures and a video walk-through of the prototype vehicle. Of particular interest is the suggestion made by presenter Tom Edwards that the vehicle will be staffed not with a conductor but with a PCSO or two, something we've not seen mooted before. The prototype is due to be delivered to the capital by year's end, and it's expected the first five will be on the streets for the middle of 2011, and will have bedded in by the time the 2012 election rolls around and voters ask themselves: was it really worth paying £1.6 million for each one?

Last Updated 16 September 2010