The bendy buses which many see as a blight on London are finally being replaced. The buses were seen as a problem for the city because they were dangerous to cyclists as their movements were unpredictable and they also allowed people to board without always paying
A new type of double-decker has been introduced in London which the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has said are a much safer and better option for the city. In the next few weeks this new type of bus will be tested by Arriva. The bus company are going to be responsible for staffing the buses when they enter service this year.
A new fleet of these buses is going to come into service in late February and start serving the busiest routes immediately. The number 38 bus is going to be one of the first to be replaced and is going to take people from Victoria Station to Hackney. Assuming these initial trial runs are successful, the buses going to be rolled out for use across London in the next few years.
In testing, these new buses also proved themselves to be one of the most environmentally friendly buses yet.Compared with the current diesel buses on the streets of London the vehicle emits around half the amount of carbon dioxide. The bus is designed by Heatherwick Studio and is going to be engineered and built in Northern Ireland.
Thomas Heatherwick from the company has said, “It’s been over 50 years since the last time a bus was specially designed the London. My team have had an opportunity that comes around once in a lifetime and we are pleased to have developed this new bus. We were honoured to be chosen for this privilege and we hope the buses are everything London needs.”