New Bus For London: The Inside Story
Resulting from an election commitment by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the New Bus for London was the first double-deck bus to be purpose designed to operate in London for two generations. Now officially known as the New Routemaster, the type first entered public service in February 2012 and, since then, a number of routes have been converted to operate with the new bus. With 600 of the type either delivered or on order, the bus is destined to become a familiar sight on London's streets for many years to come.
Bus the background story to the design and development undertaken by the Northern Irish manufacturer Wrightbus and the London-based designer Heatherwick Studio along with the model's construction and entry into service is not straightforward.
Martin Curtis's definitive account of the history of the project from start through to the gradual conversion of routes to New Routemaster operation in 2013 and 2014 draws upon his knowledge of the bus industry from his own professional involvement.
Incorporating material from politicians, the Transport for London hierarchy, the designers and manufacturers, and the staff who operate the bus, New Bus for London: The Inside Story provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the most fascinating new bus to be designed and built in Britain for more than 40 years.
The original Routemaster achieved a reputation as one of the classic British designs of the 1950s; its successor will become regarded as one of the first spectacular designs of the 21st century, This is the inside story of how it came to operate on the streets of London.
Author: Martin S Curtis