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Heatherwick’s ‘new Routemaster’ revealed

These are the first images of a full scale mock-up showing how Thomas Heatherwick’s new London Routemaster bus will look

London mayor Boris Johnson today unveiled the ‘life-size’ model in the London Transport Museum’s Acton storage depot.

He said: ‘Standing on the rear platform of this delectable bus brings back a sense of nostalgia but conversely also demonstrates the quintessence of the latest technology and design, making this bus fit for [21st] century London.’

The model will test how the design fares under passenger usage prior to its fine tuning. Five of the buses are planned to enter active service from January 2012, with a further 600 expected to be operating by December that year.

Heatherwick said: ‘It’s been an honour to have the chance to think about how to make a new bus that can genuinely improve the journeys of millions of Londoners, while at the same time contributing something meaningful to London’s famous infrastructural and architectural landscape.’

Transport for London in January appointed Thomas Heatherwick Studio to work on the design of the vehicle.

In December 2008 Foster + Partners and Aston Martin were joint winners with Capoco Design of a design concept competition for the bus.

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