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Old December 11th, 2005, 03:24 PM   #41
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There was a non-wire article in the Toronto Star on it too! Clearly, it's an end of an era, but IMO the era passed quite a while ago. I sat in one once, and there was definitely a nostalgic moment for me to be in such a storied piece of history, but as others have said, you can't hold onto the past forever.

What I'd like to as is why did Mayor Livingstone switch from wanting to bring more Routemasters a few years ago back in service, and then do a 180 and take them all off? Was it that they just cost too much money to maintain?
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Old December 11th, 2005, 04:13 PM   #42
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The Law.

Routemasters contravene the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) because they aren't accessible to wheelchairs. They're also 'discriminatory' towards women with children and buggies.
How about safety concerns? Assumed I would step on a Routemaster at a traffic light and I fall on the street because the bus starts moving at the same time I step on it. Who would be held responsible?

If TfL would be held responsible I could understand when TfL abandoned the RM because of that reason. Is that the case?
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Old December 11th, 2005, 06:04 PM   #43
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Just a reason, British use British products.
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Old December 11th, 2005, 07:15 PM   #44
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Bendies are shit.

Once you're on one, you're trapped until the next bus stop. Central London's traffic is a very stop-start affair and this is specifically what the RM was designed for; you could jump on and off wherever the bus is stationary. I'd say at least half the times I ever jumped on or off a RM (i.e. thousands) it was at traffic lights, you could even take advantage of traffic and run forwards to a bus in front of yours when there was a queue at a set of lights. If you grind to a halt between stops, fine... just hop off. Because so many people boarded and alighted when buses were stationary at lights anyway, dwell times at actual bus stops were minimal.
I was comparing bendy with new double deckers, which have that same problem.
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Old December 11th, 2005, 09:39 PM   #45
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oh..didnt know. ta ta
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Old December 12th, 2005, 12:06 AM   #46
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How about safety concerns? Assumed I would step on a Routemaster at a traffic light and I fall on the street because the bus starts moving at the same time I step on it. Who would be held responsible?

If TfL would be held responsible I could understand when TfL abandoned the RM because of that reason. Is that the case?
Technically you were only ever meant to board or alight at bus stops, so you would be totally liable for any injury sustained trying to board or alight elsewhere.

Its like suing the bus company because you chose to jump under the bus!
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Old December 12th, 2005, 01:50 AM   #47
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Technically you were only ever meant to board or alight at bus stops, so you would be totally liable for any injury sustained trying to board or alight elsewhere.

Its like suing the bus company because you chose to jump under the bus!
Yes, ok... but it's security reasons that dictate that no more open door buses are made, right?
It must be forbiden to do buses like that nowadays.... it's practical, but not possible in todays world full of regulations.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 02:40 AM   #48
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On my first visit to London back in my high school days, I ran after one of these buses on Regent Street and was able to hop on eventually, bumping into the LT agent at the back. Luckily since he was a bit fat, he cushioned my impact. Good memories.
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Old December 14th, 2005, 03:45 PM   #49
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Thought you might like to see the photos I took one day before the Routemasters were taken out of regular service.

Some of the photos were taken in Oxford Street, the rest in Brixton...




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http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/the...=/a04e&.src=ph


Photo Album:

http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/the...=/a04e&.src=ph
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Old December 14th, 2005, 03:48 PM   #50
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Luckily enough i've just seen a few routemasters a few weeks ago for real. It was my first time, very londonish...
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Old December 14th, 2005, 09:17 PM   #51
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Thought you might like to see the photos I took one day before the Routemasters were taken out of regular service.

Some of the photos were taken in Oxford Street, the rest in Brixton...




Slide-show:

http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/the...=/a04e&.src=ph


Photo Album:

http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/the...=/a04e&.src=ph
Nice pics

WTF was going on with the Michelin Man conductor?!
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Old December 14th, 2005, 11:27 PM   #52
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I saw about 5 RMs in trafalger Square on Monday. Were these just tour buses?
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Old December 15th, 2005, 12:13 AM   #53
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I saw about 5 RMs in trafalger Square on Monday. Were these just tour buses?
They may have been on one of the 'heritage' routes, or private

I saw 2 RM's parked on Shaftesbury Avenue on Friday Night, they are available to hire for parties and so forth.

Rest assured they haven't disappeared off London's streets
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Old December 15th, 2005, 05:32 AM   #54
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Have they been already removed?
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Old December 15th, 2005, 05:33 AM   #55
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Have they been already removed?
Yes. Although several will be kept for heritage routes. In addition, some of them will be made available for private functions. Imagine a party in a Routemaster.
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Old December 15th, 2005, 12:15 PM   #56
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I had a party on a routemaster between Portsmouth and Southampton last November. The parents who were organising a party both worked for Transport for London and they managed to get a Routemaster for the party. It took absolute ages to go along the motorway, but was definately kick ass.
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Old December 15th, 2005, 04:32 PM   #57
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it's a pity that london loses its icon.
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Old December 15th, 2005, 07:48 PM   #58
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Yes. Although several will be kept for heritage routes. In addition, some of them will be made available for private functions. Imagine a party in a Routemaster.
They'll be used for all sorts of things, including a night club in London I believe.
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Old December 15th, 2005, 07:55 PM   #59
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Yes. Although several will be kept for heritage routes. In addition, some of them will be made available for private functions. Imagine a party in a Routemaster.
My last time in London, in May 2005, I saw a party of girls inside a R.M. They were drunk!! The bus wan running along Oxford street at 1am.
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My last time in London, in May 2005, I saw a party of girls inside a R.M. They were drunk!! The bus wan running along Oxford street at 1am.
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