A new bus for London

The New Bus for London is inspired by the much-loved Routemaster and will use the latest green technology when it launches in 2012.

New bus for London

The new bus, reminiscent of the iconic Routemaster, incorporates the most innovative and cutting edge hybrid technology and will be the most environmentally friendly bus of its kind when it enters passenger service in 2012.

Mayor heralds the arrival of the new bus for London

The first bus designed specifically for London in more than 50 years has arrived in the Capital. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was one of the first to jump on board when the bus was driven from City Hall to Trafalgar Square to be unveiled in front of Christmas shoppers, tourists and Londoners.

The Mayor said: “Christmas has arrived early in the form of this revolutionary new bus whose gleaming coat of red paint and sinuous curves will brighten the day of all who see it humming along our great city’s streets. It is the latest, greatest masterpiece of British engineering and design, and I am certain it will become a much loved and iconic vehicle akin to the legendary Routemaster from which it draws so much inspiration.”

Over the next few weeks the bus will undergo testing before eight prototype buses enter passenger service in the first half of next year.

Mayor drives first NBFL off production line

On 4 November 2011 the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, drove the first new bus for London off the production line. This is a major step towards his manifesto commitmen - in just under two years the bus has gone from the drawing board to a fully functioning prototype.

First Prototype unveiled

The bus will meet London Buses' requirements for vehicles in public service in London, including high standards of accessibility, safety and emissions abatement. It will also be durable, more fuel efficient and better ventilated, and will incorporate a double-deck and a platform at the rear near-side corner, so passengers will be able to get on and off easily. 

Design features

The New Bus for London has a pioneering, futuristic design that features:

  • Extensive use of glass to highlight key features and produce a light and airy feel inside the bus
  • A glass 'swoop' at the rear and offside to pick out the two staircases
  • An open platform at the rear, shared with the Routemaster of old, which can be closed off at quiet times and which allows the reinstatement of a hop-on hop-off service
  • Three doors and two staircases for smoother, speedier boarding and access to the upper deck. 

See the bus up-close

You can see the design of the New Bus for London up close in the video virtual tour below.

See the new bus on London's streets

(Image copyright: Transport for London)