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!

Routemaster Heritage Route 15
Routemaster Heritage Route 15 and Sky Garden Tower in the backdrop.

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.

Useful information:

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

 

4 Comments

  1. Thank you Joycee! I am glad that you enjoyed reading this blog. It is a fun experience to “hop-on”…
    There has been some talk about discontinuing the Route 15 and I will post an update when I know more.

  2. Ah, what memories this post brought back. I didn’t migrate to Australia until I was 13, so I travelled for a couple of years on that back platform of the double decker buses. We used to purposely wait until the bus started moving until we hopped on! A bit like that comedy show “On the Buses”. I’ve made a note of the route it takes and operating hours for when I next get back there. Well done! 🙂

  3. Thank you so much Estelle 🙂 The Routemaster Heritage Route 15 has been in existence since 2008, if I’m not wrong. Yes, definitely something to do next time.

  4. What a lovely post. It has me reminiscing about the times we have been in London. Yes the red buses and black cabs are iconic features of London & recognisable around the world. Yet we haven’t even heard about the Routemaster Heritage Route 15 … next time!

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