29 Dec '11, 3pm

Red Double-Decker Buses to Return to the Streets of London as as Fuel-Efficient Hybrids

Red Double-Decker Buses to Return to the Streets of London as as Fuel-Efficient Hybrids

London's red double-decker buses, called the Routemaster , have long been a prominent feature of the streets. What everyone loved about the old Routemaster was that you could jump on and off the back at will, without having to wait for doors to open. Sadly they were all taken off the streets by 2005 because of cost: the buses were getting old and required two conductors: one to drive and one to take tickets. tfl /Promo image But they are back! In a new and improved hybrid diesel-electric version. Their return was part of a campaign pledge of the London Mayor: get rid of the hated bendy buses and bring back the Routemasters. The first bus will hit the streets in February 2012 and there will be eight of them in service by May, with a total of 12 in all. tfl /Promo image The new features in the bus include lots more glass to make it brighter inside. Three doors and two stairc...

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