Bring back the Routemaster! This may no longer be a dream as a major bus company called Capaco have come up with a serious proposal for a ‘green’ version of a Routemaster. With mayoral elections coming up in May 2008 this idea is going to gather steam!
How would it be fueled? There are a number of ideas including biofuels and hydrogen but realistically the LPG option may be best. It’s clean and cheaper to install the infrastructure. Tokyo, Hong Kong and Delhi already run their buses on liquid petroleum gas. A large supply terminal for LPG is being built out on the Welsh coast as we speak.
The key difference between this Routemaster and the old model lies in the transmission. With a hybrid the engine is still in the nose, but there’s no mechanical connection between the engine and the rear wheels. Instead the engine powers a generator that charges the batteries, which drive the electric motors on each rear wheel.
The removal of the huge gearbox, propshaft and rear differential vastly increases the ground floor space. The RMXL’s floor is flat and sits below the centre line of the wheels. This improves passenger access, for pedestrians and those with wheelchairs and buggies. The air suspension will also lower the bus so that the floor is level with the kerb.
For further images showing the design idea behind the new routemaster see here.
Kill off the bendy bus. They are dangerous to other traffic whether on foot, bicycle or other vehicles. They can’t handle London’s little lanes and tight corners. They’re ugly and even more interestingly many passengers are not even bothering to pay as the driver simply can’t track all those getting on!
Lets face it, the bendy bus has lost its way!
The bendy bus is a disaster and probably the worst decision made during Ken Livingston’s time as London mayor.