On Saturday I had to deliver my wife and daughter to the 02 in London, as they were seeing the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour. To pass the time while they were there, I rode the DLR and visited the Olympic Park.
At the park there was an exhibition of decorated Bus sculptures representing the new Routemaster and aspects of London.
This is just a small section of them, as there were dozens there. However, not surprisingly, the one below was perhaps my favourite.
Worth seeing if you are near there, but I think it finishes soon.
I do love riding the DLR, the nearest thing to a railway roller coaster!
Something that is not being publicised though is that by 2018 the new Routemaster will be obsolete because Central London will be a zero emission zone and only electric vehicles will be able to access the zone. Needless to say Boris has his eye on bigger things next year so he couldn't care less if it all goes tits up.
By then of course there will be no taxi manufacturers left in business either. Nissan have now pulled the plug on their new taxi because of this, and the builders of the Mercedes Taxi have gone bust already.
LTC will also go bust this year because no one is going to buy a £42,000 vehicle that will be unusable in 3 years. You couldn't make it up. In two terms Boris has killed the taxi trade as we know it.
At £355,000 per bus according to the Wikipedia and overall cost of £160 million to London, its sadly a pretty expensive publicity stunt for Boris!
The original Routemaster was a masterpiece of design and engineering. The new one is a thing of beauty, but typical of 'design by committee'. Too complex and too expensive - and it breaks down regularly. I did like the sculptures though.