Belfast Telegraph

London's Routemaster buses from Ballymena are just the ticket

They are being hailed as a breakthrough for public transport in London.

And the new double-decker buses, which took to the streets of the English capital for the first time yesterday, came all the way from Ballymena.

The Wrightbus Routemaster, which includes the reinstatement of the old-style hop on, hop-off platform reminiscent of the iconic Routemaster, were officially unveiled by Lord Mayor of London Boris Johnston at Trafalgar Square.

A 25-strong squad of engineers and a Northern Ireland-based production team of 40 were employed on the project that took around two years to complete.

The new bus, which will replace the controversial ‘bendy’ buses, incorporates the most innovative technology and will be the most environmentally friendly vehicle of its kind when it enters service in 2012.

Eight of the new buses are to operate between Victoria Station and Hackney from February.

Belfast Telegraph