Out With the Old and In With the New: A Ride on the Heatherwick Bus

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London's red double-decker buses, called the Routemaster, have long been a prominent feature of the streets. The last post was called for them in 2005 when they were all taken off the streets but they are back: part of a campaign pledge by London's Mayor.

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Designed by the design world's darling, Thomas Heatherwick, it's been a slow start: so far there are only two of them on the road.

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What everyone loved about the old bus was that you could jump on and off the back at will, without having to wait for your stop or the doors to open. What a thrill to do it again.

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Note the artfully designed rubber matting; you don't slip and it looks good.

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A lovely curvy stairwell.

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Downstairs the look is pretty similar to the old buses.

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The fabric used on the seats is very reminiscent of the famous fabric used on all the Tubes and buses--commissioned in 1937 by Frank Pick in keeping with the new modern image and design theme of the entire Underground system.

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The outside is sleek and airy, with big windows and lots of light.

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The end of the road.

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