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All change' for new London Routemaster bus

PUBLISHED: 16:06 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

MEMBERS of the London Assembly have urged Mayor Boris Johnson to let the public have their say on the proposed return of the popular Routemaster bus. The Mayor's Office has received 225 entries in a competition for designs for a new generation of the world-famous double-decker. But the Lib Dems on the Assembly think Londoners themselves should have the Last word

MEMBERS of the London Assembly have urged Mayor Boris Johnson to let the public have their say on the proposed return of the popular Routemaster bus.

The Mayor’s Office has received 225 entries in response to a three-month competition started in July asking for designs for a new generation of the world-famous double-decker.

Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon said the response was good—but added: “It’d be interesting to know how many are realistic, viable designs.”

Judges will choose the winning design based on the creativity and imagination used.

But the Lib Dem transport spokesman thinks Londoners themselves should have the Last word.

She revealed: “What worries me is whether the passengers who use the buses, and all London road-users, ever get to have their say on the ideas.”

One of Mayor Johnson’s key pledges during his election campaign was the return of a Routemaster-style bus to replace the dangerous’ two-carriage bendy-buses, such as the 25 route through East London.

He expects more buses to be replaced in the future with hybrid electric-diesel’ vehicles as well as other forms of green’ technology to reduce emissions.

The mayor is looking for a design that is stylish, as the double-deckers have the biggest and most immediate impact on the streets of London.

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