Tuesday 20 February 2018

Final New Routemaster, LT1000 has finally entered service on route 267

As of yesterday (19th February 2018), the last ever built three-door, two-staircase Hybrid New Routemaster bus entered service on route 267!

The LT1000 is used by RATP-Dev London United for their route 267 contract which is fully served with New Routemaster buses; this marks the end of an era for the New Routemaster rollout!

It’s been six years since the first New Routemaster prototype (LT2) entered on route 38 which happened on 27th February 2012 - very bizarre how time flies.

The New Routemasters are on (daytime) routes 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 21, 24, 38, 48, 55, 59, 68, 73, 76, 88, 91, 137, 148, 149, 159, 168, 189, 211, 253, 254, 267, 390 and 453, East London Transit routes EL1, EL2, EL3 and night routes N3, N8, 10, N11, 12, N16, 24, N38, N55, 76, 88, 148, 149, 159, 189, 390, 453 and EL1.

Here’s a photo of the LT1000 by @RandomBusesGirl


The total cost of the New Routemaster project is £346 million - a massive figure for a three-door, two-staircase hybrid bus.

The spin off New Routemaster buses such as the Alexander Dennis Enviro400H City and Wright SRM (two-door, one-staircase) with the Volvo B5LH hybrid system was purchased by private bus operating companies for their London Bus route contract. TfL won’t purchase these buses as it’s up to private bus operating companies to purchase them at their choice.

Enviro400H City
The Enviro400H City operates on London Bus routes 26, 78, 133, 333 and 388 and night routes N26 and N133; on 1st September 2018, they will be on night routes N550 and N551. Currently there are 91 of the Enviro400H City buses in service.

There are only 6 Wright SRM with Volvo B5LH which are used by RATP-Dev London Sovereign for route 183, you can view the fleet on London Vehicle Finder here.

Currently there are no new purchases for the Enviro400H City and Wright SRM by private bus operators.

I published an article titled ‘The New Routemaster opens the door for more stylish conventional buses’ which is worth a read to learn more about the radical changes to bus designs.
Wright SRM/Volvo B5LH

Here are some more New Routemaster articles which I’ve published over the years:

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