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London's New Routemaster Hardcover – 13 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell (13 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858946247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858946245
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.9 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

TONY LEWIN is a former editor of What Car? magazine, and launched Financial Times Automotive World. He is the author of numerous books on design and the automobile industry, including A-Z of 21st-Century Cars (Merrell). THOMAS HEATHERWICK is an internationally renowned designer and the Founder and Principal of London-based Heatherwick Studio. His most notable projects include the award-winning UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 and the Olympic Cauldron for the 2012 Olympic Games.


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Using a car journalist rather than a bus journalist to write it is courageous but some of the text lacks the depth that a bus journalist might have gone into. The writer also seems to be a bit deferential towards some of the players.

A bit too much like a coffee table book although the design and layout is just superb. A book to thumb the pages of perhaps rather than sit down with as a good read?'

Another author, Martin Curtis has written a contemporary book going into rather more depth yet still with some cracking imagery included.
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So London's Mayor Boris Johnson - the man who gave us the Boris bike and presided over London during the triumphant Olympic Games and Diamond Jubilee celebrations, now brings us the Boris bus - London's new Routemaster. For the first time in history riding on a London bus is in danger of becoming cool.

This book is a celebration and published in association with Transport for London. So it's an official publication and sings the praises of the bus and everyone involved, including Boris Johnson! That having been said there's no doubt the new bus was needed and is a remarkable achievement. In the 1970s and 80s some terrible designs with screeching brakes, disfigured London. No-one seemed able to design a good-looking comfortable bus. To travel on one was a down-market experience - something for the old and society's losers. The bendy buses, introduced by the previous mayor Ken Livingstone, were a disaster - a challenge to drive and menace to other roads users, especially cyclists and pedestrians struggling to cross the road. Then along came Boris Johnson. He promised to scrap the foreign-built bendies and replace them by a British built Routemaster. Despite scepticism he succeeded and created a new icon for the capital.

Did I say British built? Yes, this bus was built in the UK, but outside London. People across the country have benefited. The bus is built in Northern Ireland, the engines in Darlington, the seats in Huddersfield, the flooring in Liskeard etc. Where the brilliant red paint comes from I have no idea. Perhaps someone will let us know.

Although this is an official publication the author Tony Lewin, knows his subject and provides a lot of fascinating information.
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If like me you like the new bus for London then this is definitely worth a read. Covers everything from it's inception which is probably why TFL tried to ban it ? Why ? There's nothing in it that's detrimental to the vehicle or TFL just what seems to be a true account of how the bus ended up on the streets of London. Good sharp pictures with plenty of readable material which covers the so called design competition that wasn't !!
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Excellent and complete history of the evolution of this icon of London's landscape. The successes and failures, both practical and political, are included and it will be very interesting in 5 years time to see the real success to the bus.
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Sections on the competition for the design and the subsequent manufacturing stage are very good, but there are parts of the book that could have been more tightly written. The use of FOUR forewords/prefaces/introduction by four of the main players in the design is an interesting feature! The book could, perhaps, be more critical, and a little less self congratulatory, about the vehicle that has come out of the design process, but given the books genesis, this was always going to be unlikely. As a tale of the birth of a vehicle that could be claimed to be revolutionary, however, it is a very interesting and welcome document.
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An excellent well-written professional account of the development and entry to service of London's new iconic bus. Well produced and well illustrated.

Thoroughly reccmmended.
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Very interesting read into the development of this new bus and the contests that where set including one for kids.
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lovely depiction of the new Routemaster
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