Inspired by the AEC Routemaster, the New Bus for London, later renamed the ‘New Routemaster’, was the first bus specifically built for use in London since 1968, when the last Routemaster machines were constructed. Boris Johnson wished for a new version of the Routemaster bus to be designed and built, subsequently launching a competition for the design of such a vehicle. Wrightbus gained the contract to build the vehicle, using the design submitted by the Heatherwick Studios. The first prototype was unveiled in December 2011, with the last examples being delivered to London six years later. 1,000 examples were built, and all gained registrations in a specially commissioned LTZ series.Sporting a dual-staircase and three doors, this vehicle has become a London landmark in its own right.
About the Author
David Beddall is a lifelong bus enthusiast, having spent many childhood Saturday mornings observing the comings and goings of the United Counties fleet. His interest continued to grow beyond his native Kempston and now encompasses the entire bus scene in the UK—particularly London, Bedfordshire, and Northamptonshire.