London Bus

Anyone living in The Big Smoke will know this news isn’t new, but I’ve been meaning to post for someone time the design of the new double-decker buses in London. Very streamline and pod-like. Very modern.

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.

No word as of yet how these will handle the graphic wraps we’re likely to see, especially leading up the 2012 Olympics.

Read the official release notes on the London website, or on Core 77, where I learned of this.