Welcome to the London Routemaster Bus web site
The Routemaster bus is an icon and 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, plus now covering the 'New Routemaster'.
159 was the last full Routemaster route in London, its last day was 9th December 2005, however part of the 15 has Routemasters
running on it as a Heritage route. The picture on the left shows Brixton's RML2730 crossing Westminster Bridge with Big Ben in the
background on Thursday 8th December 2005, the last full day of operation.
A great contrast underneath is new LT136 on route 148
crossing Westminster Bridge on 30th May 2015.
Latest: Good news!! TfL have announced their intention to continue the
15H using traditional RM's, albeit with a 20 minute frequency rather than the current 15 minutes, from 14th November 2015.
Routemaster's are planned for routes 149, 159, 16, 91 and possibly the 168 depending upon available stand space at Hampstead. The
current routes are: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 24, 38, 55, 73, 137, 148, 390 & 453.
15th May: The 73 has started converting to
the new Routemaster, with 10 in service so far. The next route planned is the 149.
28th March: It's the turn of route 12 to start it's gradual conversion to LT operation from today, also in driver
7th March: The next route to convert is the 15, but unlike the 9 which ran alongside traditional Routemasters, this
is also in driver only mode. So you will see both together, but conductors only on the heritage service 15.
18th January 2015: The
55 has received it's first LT to begin converting, and like the 137 will also be in driver only mode, so is a phased conversion.
September: It was 60 years ago today that the first Routemaster RM1 was unveiled at the Earl's Court Motor Show. Happy 60th birthday!!!