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 RML900 on the 159 on
9th December 2015, when a special service with 17 buses ran between Marble Arch and Lambeth North/Brixton, 10 years after their
withdrawal from mainstream service in London.
Latest: Following on from the 168, routes 3 & 68 are the next to convert to
LT's, starting to convert in late January/early February, and there are plans for route 211 to convert in May. The 91 is also planned
for conversion after work is performed at Crouch End, dates to be confirmed,
In addition, a new 10.1 metre shorter version (with
one bay removed) was unveiled at the Wrightbus Ballymena factory, initially as LT806 but renumbered ST2001. Even with the reduced
length, due to weight saving, it carries 87 passengers, more than the 11.3m normal version!
There are a number of routes which were
unsuitable for the normal length buses (7, 14, 19, 22, 23, 74, 94) and the new shorter version, if produced, could be intended for
routes such as these. Of course, all depends upon the London Mayoral election outcome as to any further orders, as this project
has been championed by Boris Johnson, and may not be supported by his successor.
12th December: Following
on from the 159 running day on Wednesday 9th December 2015, there is a NEW PAGE with photos. Click on the '159' link.
converted on 12th December when it was taken over by Abellio (from Arriva London South), incidentally 10 years since the 159 converted
from original Routemaster operation. Simultaneously, Metroline's route 168 has started to convert, with the first LT out on 10th December.
August: New Routemaster's have been delivered to Stockwell garage for route 88 over the past few weeks and the first apperared
on the 22nd August.