London mayor halts orders for Thomas Heatherwick’s double-decker buses

January 5, 2017 by  
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Orders for the much-anticipated redesigned double-decker buses that hit the streets of London in 2011 will be discontinued under Mayor Sadiq Khan. In a money-saving gambit, Transport for London (TfL) stopped orders for the New Routemasters designed by Thomas Heatherwick , on the grounds that they are too expensive. During his campaign, Khan suggested the modern buses manufactured by Wrightbus be discontinued to free up money to freeze fares for four years. Transport for London just confirmed that suggestion in Khan’s first Business Plan : “New capital investment will be reduced significantly as we discontinue purchases of New Routemaster buses. We will carry on investing in the fleet however, by retrofitting 3,000 vehicles with Euro VI standard emission technology by 2020.” Related: London mayor announces plan for two new bike superhighways The New Routemasters were greeted with excitement when they were unveiled in 2010 ; people praised Heatherwick for bestowing a “London look” on the buses. The vehicles boast three doors and two staircases, and succeeded the iconic old Routemaster buses. As the buses jaunted more frequently through the city, Heatherwick said he was glad the bus became “part of London’s landscape and personality.” Passengers did grumble that the buses were too hot, so TfL added windows that could open. Former mayor Boris Johnson bought the first 600 buses for £354,000 each in 2012, and 200 more in 2014 for £325,000 apiece. The New Routemaster buses are hybrid diesel-electric vehicles, but many people now think electric batteries have overtaken the older technology. A spokesperson for the mayor told The Guardian TfL would invest in “a new generation of buses” designed to benefit London’s air quality. The business plan says “a significant number of new green buses will be unveiled” in 2020 or 2021. Via Dezeen and The Guardian Images via Heatherwick Studio

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Boris Hybrid Buses May Replace London’s Famous Routemaster Double Deckers

February 14, 2014 by  
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Double decker Routemaster buses are as iconic to London as the old estate cabs, but they might not be on the roads for much longer. Transport for London (TFL) wants to scrap one of the last two routes serviced by the historic buses and replace them with modern, hybrid “Boris Buses.” The change up would eliminate the “heritage” portion of route 9, which runs the vintage buses every 20 minutes during the day between Kensington High Street and Trafalgar Square. If the plan goes through it would only leave a handful of original Routemasters on the road between Trafalgar Square and Tower Hill on route 15. Read the rest of Boris Hybrid Buses May Replace London’s Famous Routemaster Double Deckers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Boris Bus , Borismasters , Finsbury Park , green vehicles , hybrid buses , Kensington High Street , Leon Daniels , London , public transportation , Routemasters , Tower Hill , trafalgar square , transport for london , Transport for London axes Routemaster bus service        

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New Eco-Routemaster Hybrid Bus Debuts in London!

February 29, 2012 by  
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Londoners taking the number 38 bus between Victoria and Hackney yesterday had the honor of being the first to ride the brand new Eco-Routemaster hybrid bus. The beautiful hybrid double-decker is sure to be a new icon for the city, and it gets more than twice the mileage of its standard diesel counterparts. It is the first of 8 Eco-Routemasters that will be rolled out between now and May. Read the rest of New Eco-Routemaster Hybrid Bus Debuts in London! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , eco-routemaster , green design , green public transit , Green Public Transportation , green transportation , hybrid bus , hybrid car , hybrid double decker bus , hybrid vehicle , London hybrid bus , routemaster , sustainable design

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