Welcome to the London Routemaster Bus web site
The Routemaster bus is an icon and has run in London for over 50 years. The design of the bus was way ahead of its time and just right
for the travelling conditions in London. It outlived much newer buses due to its flexibility, speed and build quality, only being
replaced on age and cost grounds.
This site is a tribute to this remarkable vehicle and contains photos taken by me from
2003 onwards as a pictorial history of the final years in service of this fine British icon, plus the New Bus for London, popularly
called the 'New Routemaster'.
Route 159 was the last full Routemaster route in London, its last day was 9th December
2005, however part of the 15 has Routemasters running on it as a Heritage route. The picture on the left shows Brixton's RML2730
crossing Westminster Bridge with Big Ben in the background on Thursday 8th December 2005, the last full day of operation.
contrast underneath is RML900 on the 159 on 9th December 2015, when a special service with 17 buses ran between Marble Arch and Lambeth
North/Brixton, 10 years after their withdrawal from mainstream service in London.
TfL have announced the
sad news that Routemasters will no longer run daily on the 15 after 1st March. They will only run on summer weekends and Bank Holidays.
I feel that this is a missed opportunity to market these buses to tourists - San Francisco or Lisbon would hardly remove their trams,
instead they make an effort to promote them. This is unfortunately the state in which TfL have found themselves in, with cutbacks
across the network, yet this could be turned around with some imagination.
Following the removal of route 10 on 24th November
2018, with LT's being reallocated to route 27.
On November 25th, seven of the original batch of RML's from the 880 to 903 batch
ran as a special service over erstwhile routes 104 & 104a between Barnet and Archway (104) or Golders Green (104a)
with journeys to/from Moorgate. See Specials page for photos.
The current LT routes (correct as at 3rd December 2018) are:
3, 8, N8, 9, 11, N11,12, 15, 16, 21, 24, 27, 38, N38, 48, 55, N55, 59, 68, 73, N73, 76, 88, 91, 137, 148, 149, 159,
168, 189, 211, 253, 254, 267, 390, 453, EL1, EL2 & EL3.