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.
NEW PHOTOS on the
Specials page from the running day on 8th October 2017.
The 48 & 254 conversions are now complete, with buses cascaded
from the 137, which gained new LT's. The final batch of buses (up to LT1000) are earmarked for the 267.
Conductors on the 9,
10, 11, 24, 38 & 390 were removed on 3rd September 2016, following an announcement from the Mayor as part of a cost saving exercise
at TfL, thus all LT's now run in driver only mode with rear doors closed between stops.
The current LT routes are: 3, 8, N8,
9, 10, 11, N11,12, 15, 16, 21, 24, 38, N38, 55, N55, 59, 68, 73, N73, 76, 88, 91, 137, 148, 149, 159, 168, 189, 211, 253,
254, 390, 453, EL1, EL2 & EL3.