Origin of Cool: UK
Among sights like red telephone boxes and black taxi cabs, London buses are what I think of as one of the most iconic images of London. But the traditional looking red buses, known as Routemasters, were reduced to only 2 routes in 2005 after they were withdrawn on “accessibility and environmental grounds”. In 2008 Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, launched a revival competition requesting a new Routemaster bus design. The competition was won by Warwickshire-based car company Aston Martin and London-based architects Foster + Partners (and if that isn’t a winning combination I don’t know what is).
At first I was a bit skeptical about a new bus, redesigning such a classic as the Routemaster is never easy, but the resulting bus not only looks space-age and sleek on the outside, with its lightweight glass and metal, but it’s brimming with technology on the inside. The bus has 3 Oyster card readers on each of its doors, a T-loop system for those with hearing aids and the latest green, diesel-electric, hybrid fuel technology.
Eight of the new Routemaster buses (costing £11.37m all together) are now on the roads on Route 38 between Victoria and Hackney just in time to show them off to all the tourists from the London Olympics.
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