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2010-05-24 14:33

Final designs for London's new buses unveiled

 The new buses, which will start running in London in 2012, will feature two doors as well as an open platform allowing passengers to hop on and off.(Agencies).
  What is red but green, open but closed and old but new? Answer: London's stunning new double-decker buses.

  The traditional red double-deckers are a symbol of London. Their iconic status was sealed in 2008 when one bus made the longer-than-usual trip to Beijing to collect a very special passenger: the Olympic Flame.

  Now a new bus design has been unveiled and it has been wowing Londoners.

  The new bus uses more efficient green technology and has two staircases and an open platform, enabling people to hop on and hop off. It also has a unique asymmetric design for the front end, which gives it a futuristic look.

  Despite its innovations the design is not all new. Its exterior is very reminiscent of London's faithful old double-decker, the Routemaster.

  In December 2005 the original Routemaster was withdrawn from general service for accessibility and environmental reasons, but it can still be seen on two heritage routes in London.

  In July 2008 a competition was launched by the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, to design a new Routemaster bus for the capital. There were over 700 entries, with several designers jointly winning the £25,000 prize.

  The new double-deckers, which have three doors to speed up boarding, are expected to be in service in 2012.

  Mr Johnson said: "This iconic new part of our transport system is not only beautiful, but also has a green heart beating beneath its stylish, swooshing exterior".

  He expects cities around the globe to be "beside themselves with envy" for what he described as a "stunning red emblem" of 21st-century London.

  (Read by Nelly Min. Nelly Min is a journalist at the China Daily Web site.)

  (Agencies)

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