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Original Omnibus


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Designed specifically for the capital, the New Bus for London uses cutting edge 21st century technology but also draws some inspiration from the iconic Routemaster. Almost seven years after the RM was withdrawn from service (with the exception of two Heritage routes), the capital is set to see another 'hop on hop off" style bus. The new bus was designed by London's Heatherwick Studio and engineered and manufactured by Wrightbus in Ballymena, Northern Ireland who have been producing buses since 1946. The electric hybrid has been designed to be more fuel efficient than other modern buses using lightweight materials and glass to create a 'light and airy" feel inside the bus. With three doors, one front, middle and an open platform at the rear it is highly accessible during peak travel periods. Other exciting new features include a swooping window design, curved edges and front and rear staircases, all of which have been faithfully reproduced in this Corgi replica.

For nearly sixty years the AEC Routemaster bus transported Londoners and tourists around the capital, its design and efficiency meant it out lived many other types of bus over its working life. All good things have to come to an end and by 2005 they were phased out of main service. With no outright replacement for the Routemaster, Transport for London (TFL) then set about the challenge of finding a new vehicle that would be suitable for London's transport needs and like the Routemaster, something that the capital could be proud of. In 2007 London Mayoral candidate of the time Boris Johnson announced he was contemplating introducing a modern day version of the Routemaster. After being elected in 2008 Boris Johnson instigated the project, and the quest for a new design and manufacturer began.

This model is decorated in the livery of the New Bus for London's first route of operation - 38 Victoria, running between Victoria station and Hackney. The first bus began its opening day of service on 27th February 2012

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