London's Neo Routemaster Arrives, Due in Service Next February

By Gary Cutlack on at

The first of the new London buses that will replace the ditched bendy bus has arrived in town, with the Routemaster-inspired, hybrid-powered double decker ready for private testing prior to launch.

The new vehicle, which was mostly designed and built in Northern Ireland by Wrightbus, includes three doorways and two staircases, with early tests claiming it emits less than half the carbon dioxide of current diesel buses, managing an average fuel consumption of 11.6mpg. Which doesn't sound like much, but that's actually twice as efficient as a standard diesel bus.

The bus, which was designed specifically for use in London at the request of mayor Boris Johnson, will initially be put into service by franchise holder Arriva. Trials involving Arriva staff will shortly get underway, prior to a launch of a service that'll run eight of them on the city's number 38 route from February 20th next year. [TfL]

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