The New Routemaster

Living in London I couldn’t avoid posting about the New Routemaster. You will love it or hate it. In my case I was shocked at first but I like it very much now.

London has very distinctive icons: the phone boxes, the black cabs, post boxes and the Routemaster. They haven’t changed excessively in the last 30 years and this is a big upgrade. But London is a city that evolves constantly and the New Routemaster is slowly becoming part of this 21st century metropolis.

I particularly like the old black cabs and you have to pay attention in order to find them amongst the hectic traffic. There are still quite a few of them.

Today you can find three different Routemasters driving around London. There are two heritage routes that maintain the original bus. It’s rather peculiar to see the three coexisting models in one street.

The old Routemaster.
The old Routemaster.
The most anodyne version, just boring if compared with the other two.
The most anodyne version, just boring if compared with the other two.

The new bus was launched in 2012 and it features the ‘hop-on hop-off’ rear open platform of the original Routemaster.

It was designed by Heatherwick Studio. The same studio responsible for the UK pavilion in Shanghai expo 2010, the Spun and lately the Olympic cauldron London 2012, amongst many other projects.

Boris Johnson unveils the New Routemaster. Source:
The new vs the very old.

Have a look at the interior:

What are your thoughts? Do you like it? Hate it? I am sure that it will not leave you indifferent, as that is what this is about.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Vibeke says:

    Wow. My first impression is “alien invation!” LOL. And of some reason it made me think of Starwars, especially the one of Line 24 🙂

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