Featuring more than 200 illustrations, London's New Routemaster is the fascinating story of the capital's stylish new bus, an icon in the making.
Few things are synonymous with London as its famous red buses, thousands of which carry millions of passengers a year on hundreds of separate routes. Yet since the withdrawal from service of the much-loved Routemaster in 2005, no other London bus has succeeded in generating the same levels of affection among the travelling public. Now, however the stylish, Thomas Heatherwick-designed New Routemaster looks set to recapture the imagination of Londoners and visitors alike. The first London bus to be designed specifically for the streets of the capital in more than fifty years, it is also a remarkable testament to the vision and determination of all those involved in its creation.
In London's New Routemaster, automotive expert Tony Lewin tells the highly compelling story about this, the latest incarnation of the London bus, from its very public genesis in 2008 to its first scheduled journey in 2012. Contributions from key personnel provide a unique insight into the conception, design and manufacture of this groundbreaking vehicle, while a wealth of behind-the-scenes photography brings the whole process vividly to life. Beautifully designed and richly illustrated throughout, London's New Routemaster is a fitting and must-have account of the most significant London bus since the 1950s - a Routemaster for the twenty-first century.
Author: Tony Lewin, Foreword by Thomas Heatherwick
Publisher: Merrell, in association with Transport for London