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Old July 27th, 2010, 05:02 PM   #221
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My guess is it would be for the live travel information available at some bus stops, telling you how many minutes away the next bus is, so it's acting as an antenna. (also possibly for the driver's comms)

Sometimes after a bus stop on a pole (streetlight/street sign) etc, I notice a little grey box attached with a small circle on it facing the street, which I thought may be the sensor. I would however like to know too, if someone else is more knowledgeable.
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Old July 28th, 2010, 01:14 AM   #222
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Please can someone explain the purpose of the rail protruding from the upper-deck at the front of the bus?
I believe the answer is rather more simple - as we don't cut trees back any more the bar attached is to prevent branches breaking the windows. Low tech but......
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Old July 29th, 2010, 05:09 PM   #223
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I believe the answer is rather more simple - as we don't cut trees back any more the bar attached is to prevent branches breaking the windows. Low tech but......
Thank you - I was wondering whether it might be something as simple as that.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 06:39 PM   #224
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2 weeks ago I was in London and I must say your buses are realy nice
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Old July 29th, 2010, 07:06 PM   #225
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Unusual wedding transport - a former London Transport 'Routemaster' double-decker bus outside St Mark's Church in Surbiton, Surrey.

(Congratulations and all best wishes to Viv & Dunc - whoever they may be)
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Old September 8th, 2010, 12:55 AM   #226
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Oh, I've seen plenty of Routemasters used as wedding transportation.
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Old September 20th, 2010, 07:05 PM   #227
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London / New Buses for 2012

Mayor unveils iconic final design for London's new bus

17 May 2010

This press release was originally issued by the Greater London Authority's press office.

New bus to use greenest hybrid technology and enter service in 2012
Futuristic design to become 'an emblem of 21st century London'
The final design of the New Bus for London, based on the much-loved Routemaster, was today unveiled by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and London's Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy.

Pioneering design

The bus will use the latest green technology. It will be 15 per cent more fuel efficient than existing hybrid buses, and 40 per cent more efficient than conventional diesel double decks and much quieter on the streets.

The pioneering design makes use of lightweight materials, with glass highlighting key features and producing a light and airy feel inside the bus.

An impressive glass 'swoop' at the rear and offside pick out the two staircases and provide a dramatic visual effect.

An asymmetric design for the front-end completes the futuristic look.

Stylish, swooshing exterior

The open platform is a defining feature, shared with the Routemaster of old, and allows the reinstatement of a hop-on, hop-off service.

Three doors and two staircases will aid speedier and smoother boarding.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: 'This iconic new part of our transport system is not only beautiful, but also has a green heart beating beneath its stylish, swooshing exterior.

'It will cut emissions, and give Londoners a bus they can be proud of, complete with cutting edge design, and the freedom of an open platform.

Loved by Londoners

'I expect to eventually have hundreds of these on London's roads, and for cities around the globe to be beside themselves with envy for our stunning red emblem of 21st century London.'

Peter Hendy, London's Transport Commissioner, said: 'Designing and building a new bus exclusively for London is an exciting project to be working on and one of which we are all proud.

'This beautifully designed, environmentally friendly vehicle built for the Capital will be loved by Londoners for many years to come.'

Mark Nodder, Group Managing Director of Wrightbus, said: 'This project is not just about evolution, it's about revolution.

Quicker access

'I think the design is genuinely groundbreaking, people are really going to stop and notice these buses on the streets of London.'

Wrightbus and Transport for London (TfL) have been working with Heatherwick Studio as a collaborative design partner taking the lead on the styling of the bus to support Wrightbus in the design and development process.

The bus will feature two staircases, enabling easier and quicker access to and from the upper deck.

There will be two conventional doors and an open rear platform, which has the option to be closed off at quiet times for example during the night.

Wrightbus engineers are working on a static mock-up of the bus to be complete later this year with the first prototype to be delivered late next year, the new buses will enter service from early 2012.

Short video of the new buses -

http://www.londonandnyc.com/2010/09/...ed-on-old.html


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Old September 20th, 2010, 07:33 PM   #228
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I think these buses look fantastic, mixing an old style shape with a modern design.
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Old September 21st, 2010, 04:39 AM   #229
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Old November 17th, 2010, 12:00 PM   #230
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Old November 17th, 2010, 02:24 PM   #231
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I like the window design.
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Old November 20th, 2010, 05:46 PM   #232
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Surely the length of the model limits the number of streets it could negotiate there, or would I be wrong?
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Old November 20th, 2010, 05:48 PM   #233
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^ Looks like a 12-m. No 3-axle needed?
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 10:26 AM   #234
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It does look like a normal 12 meters indeed. Am I the only finding the front design a little bit dull? those LED headlamps make the double decker look like a stoned robot from a Disney film. However I'm happy they've decided to scrap the bendy buses, I think they're rubbish in traffic and even worse for passenger comfort.
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 03:04 PM   #235
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Its 11.2 metres long.
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Old November 26th, 2010, 10:10 PM   #236
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those LED headlamps
make me wonder just how perceptible the bus might be when viewed --say-- nearby from the side
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Old November 26th, 2010, 10:30 PM   #237
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Looks huge! (ugly)
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Old November 27th, 2010, 04:45 PM   #238
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i like the bus, very very nice.

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Old May 9th, 2011, 08:51 PM   #239
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A little teaser pic of a new routemaster prototype testing near the Wrightbus factory in Northern Ireland.

Not really the finished product yet, lots of bare metal showing and the guys on the bus were testing the rear door quite a lot when stopped.



I've got a few videos also, if anyone's interested!
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Old May 10th, 2011, 08:01 AM   #240
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