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: Route 16 is converted (LT560 is on LT's Page 2) and the 149 is
now well on the way to full Routemaster operation, and will be followed by the 159 on 12th December when it is taken over by Abellio
(from Arriva London South), incidentally 10 years since the 159 converted from original Routemaster operation. There is a special
event planned on the 12th December by The Routemaster Association.
28th March: It's the turn of route 12 to start it's gradual conversion to LT operation from
today, also in driver only mode.
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.