A New Routemaster spotted on London Vehicle Finder
The New Routemaster first began operating on Saturday 17th January 2015, but officially the new contract for Route 55, given to Stagecoach London, commences on the 28th February 2015.
Recently, London Buses route 137 received New Routemasters which officially started on 6th December 2014.
·Route 55 starts from Leyton Green and goes to Oxford Circus via Shoreditch and will be operated by Stagecoach London from Leyton (T) Garage.
·Route 137 starts from Streatham Hill going to Oxford Circus via Chelsea Bridge and is operated by Arriva London from Brixton (BN) Garage.
So far Route 137 and 55 is 'One Man Operation' which means there will be no conductor on board, so the rear door operates as a normal door. So don’t get confused if you think that the ‘New Routemaster’ would give you the freedom to jump on and off between stops. It’s just a double decker with three doors and two staircases.
Let's just recap here about the New Routemaster project, TFL ordered the extra 200 New Routemasters which will extend the fleet to 800 New Routemaster buses. TFL have stated on their board papers that they have no plans to order more New Routemasters because the manufactures are planning to build their own double decks with ‘NRM Features’, possible specification will be a 3 door and 2 staircase.