It has been a few years since I saw one of these British iconic heritage on the road – the Routemaster. When I did, of course I chased after it and started to click away. I can certainly take a tour in this bus but where is the fun in it for a photographer if not but to chase after iconic images! 😊 Thankfully it stopped at the traffic lights!
If you ask any visitor to London to name something about the transport in London, chances are that they will identify London’s Red Buses as a symbol of London. For many, they will identify the Routemaster, a double-decker bus which is front-engined, with the open-platform at the rear where a friendly conductor stands by the steps that takes you up to the top floor of the bus. In the old days, one could just hop onto the rear platform while the bus was still moving slowly, taking off when you are late etc – not a safe but it worked! These days, London operates a modern fleet of buses, double-decked and still red, but with doors, heating and flat floors giving easy accessibility.
However, the Routemaster is special and this London Bus Route 15 is the only contracted bus route by Transport for London, operated by Stagecoach London which runs between Tower Hill and Trafalgar Square, which is a shorter working of the standard route 15. So, you can still get a taste of what bus travel used to be like in London back in the 60s and 70s or at least until 2012 when the new and improved red buses were introduced on London roads.
The London Heritage Routemaster on Route 15 operates every 20 minutes between Trafalgar Square and the Tower of London via St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Daily except Christmas Day
Runs from 09:30 to 18:30
From Tower Hill Station at 09:35
From Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross Station at 09:41