Routemaster II – lovely, but can London afford to run it?


The Heatherwick Studio-designed New Bus for London (, 11 November) is creative and elegant, but Boris Johnson’s specification for it may compromise its future.

The open platform at the back will require the expense of carrying a conductor, the three entrances/exits will reduce seating capacity and the complex glass panels will add cost and weight. How much will fares have to go up by?

What can we expect to happen next? Have the operators had their say?

Tom Karen, Designer, by e-mail

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