Today marks the final time that the articulated version of the number 18 bus wends its bendy way between Euston and Sudbury. From tomorrow, the route will be served by a fleet of new double-decker vehicles, and the frequency will correspondingly increase, from 12 buses per hour at peak times to 18. London's programme of de-bendification, one of Boris Johnson's electoral pledges, has already seen the 507 and 521 switch to shorter vehicles, while the 38 and, most recently, the 149 were replaced by double-deckers. By the end of 2011, the bendies will be mothballed, probably to be resurrected decades from now when some ambitious Mayor decides to hang his campaign on a nostalgic reinvention of a once-loved bus.
Last Updated 12 November 2010