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A New Bus for London by Heatherwick Studios

Here are some more photos of the prototype of Thomas Heatherwick‘s redesign of the iconic routemaster bus for London, unveiled last week as reported on Dezeen Wire. 

A New Bus for London by Heatherwick Studios

The design incorporates two staircases and three doors, including a hop-on-hop-off platform at the back of the bus.

A New Bus for London by Heatherwick Studios

Seven more of the double-deckers will be put into service on route 38 in February 2012.

A New Bus for London by Heatherwick Studios

Read more about the launch in our story on Dezeen Wire, see renders of Heatherwick’s design that were unveiled in May 2010 in our earlier story here and check out designs for the competition back in 2008 here.

A New Bus for London by Heatherwick Studios

Photographs are copyright Heatherwick Studio unless otherwise stated.

A New Bus for London by Heatherwick Studios

Here are some more details from Heatherwick Studio:


New Bus for London

In January 2010, Heatherwick Studio joined the team leading the design of a New Bus for London. The project marks the first time in more than 50 years that TFL has commissioned and overseen the development of a bus built specifically for the capital.

A New Bus for London by Heatherwick Studios

Above photo is by Iwan Baan

Working alongside specialist bus manufacturer, Wrightbus, the external design has been developed to reflect the functional requirements of the vehicle. A long asymmetric front window provides the driver with clear kerbside views, while a wrapped glazing panel reflects passenger circulation – bringing more daylight into the bus and offering views out over London.

A New Bus for London by Heatherwick Studios

By incorporating an open platform at its rear, the bus reinstates one of the much-loved features of the 1950s Routemaster which offered a ‘hop-on hop-off’ service. The new design will also have three doors and two staircases, making it quicker and easier for passengers to board. In engineering terms, the New Bus for London will be 15 per cent more fuel efficient than the existing hybrid buses and 40 per cent more efficient than conventional diesel double-deckers.

A New Bus for London by Heatherwick Studios

Thomas Heatherwick said: “It has been 50 years since a bus was last designed and commissioned specifically for London.  This has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a team to look again at the opportunities for a new open-platform bus.  It has been an honour to be asked by London’s transport authority to take an integrated approach and design everything that you see and experience from the outside down to the tiniest details of the interior.”

A New Bus for London by Heatherwick Studios

Designs for the new bus were unveiled by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in May 2010. The full-size mock up of the new Bus for London has now been relocated to the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden and will be on display until June 2011. A prototype, developed and manufactured by Wrightbus, has just been delivered in November 2011 and the first five buses are due to enter passenger service in early 2012.

source:http://www.dezeen.com

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