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article imageRoutemaster new buses return to London’s streets by 2012

By Igor I. Solar     Nov 12, 2010 in World
London - The Routemaster, the traditional red double decker buses with rear entrance door always open, will return to London streets after several years of controversy, with a new design introduced today which combines nostalgia with up to date technology.
The new vehicles will consume 40 percent less than their former diesel versions, and if all goes well, they will be ready to roam the streets of London in 2012, the year of the Olympics.
A full-scale model of the new hybrid (HEV) Routemaster bus was unveiled today with the attendance of London Mayor Boris Johnson.
"This new addition to our transport system is not only beautiful but it also has a green heart that beats inside the body." said Mayor Johnson. "I see hundreds of these buses on the streets of London, while the other cities of the world watch with envy the emblem of the XXI century London," he added.
The original AEC Routemaster red buses were introduced by London Transport in 1956 and were removed from service in 2005 because they were considered outdated and contaminating. However, some are still in use on heritage routes in London. They were built by the British company Associated Equipment Company (AEC). The new Routemaster will be built by Wrightbus Co. of Northern Ireland.
Some Routemaster buses are still in use on heritage routes in London.
Some Routemaster buses are still in use on heritage routes in London.
The new London buses will have a modern design and in addition to the always-open rear entrance they will have two additional doors and two staircases to access the top floor. Furthermore, the new bus will return to the driver-and-conductor model of operation, an important, much missed feature of the original version.
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