27 Feb '12, 4pm

Have you heard about London's new bus - the new Routemaster II? They're £1.4million each!

Have you heard about London's new bus - the new Routemaster II? They're £1.4million each!

Along with Big Ben and the black London taxi, there are perhaps no greater icons for the capital than the red 'Routemaster' bus. But infrequent visitors may have noticed that the famous hop-on hop-off bus that became synonymous with London's transport system, has been missing for quite some time. The original 'Routemaster' bus was retired from service in 2005, heralding the introduction of the new, European-inspired 'bendy bus' to some of the most popular routes around the capital. While one might think these decisions were taken for unarguable reasons of prudence and efficiency, the battle of the red London bus was soon a political football that almost everyone wanted to kick. The current Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, vowed to end the reign of the bendy bus, which, despite their admirable carrying capacity, had a penchant for attracting fare dodgers, and getting stuck n...

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