The Routemaster bus was an icon which has run in London for over 50 years. The design of this bus was way ahead of its time and just right for the travelling conditions in London.
It outlived much newer buses due to its flexibility, speed and build quality, only being replaced on age and cost grounds.
This site is a tribute to this remarkable vehicle and contains photos taken by me from 2003 onwards as a pictorial history of the final years in service of this fine British icon.
Route 159 was the last Routemaster route in London, its last day was 9th December 2005, however parts of the 9 & 15 have Routemasters running on them as Heritage routes.
Brixton's RML2730 crosses Westminster Bridge with Big Ben in the background on Thursday 8th December 2005, the last full day of operation.
Welcome to the London Routemaster Bus web site
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## Updated 8th December 2013 ##
Route 9 gained it's LT's from 26th October, and the 390 which converted on 7th December. That makes four routes now - 9, 11, 24 & 390 - with the 148 up next. The 148 may operate in one person mode all the time, the 9, 11 & 390 are in crew mode just Monday to Friday until 7pm, and the 24's have lost their weekend conductors now so ar also only crewed on weekdays. This does mean that there is less opportunity to use the open platform than we were led to believe.
Anyway - there are some more photos on the New Routemaster page.
See the Old Photos 1 page for scanned photos from the 70's, 80's and 90's.