In 2004 the Routemaster bus celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Five decades of exemplary service to London and its peoplet had immortalised it in popular culture as the quintessential British bus and a much-loved symbol of London. It was considered so irreplaceable that withdrawing it was seen as akin to `putting a digital face on Big Ben'. But between August 2003 and December 2005, a rapid process of final withdrawal would take place, carried out against the wishes of Londoners. Amid an atmosphere of considerable media interest worldwide, the 650 remaining Routemasters on 20 central London routes were replaced, one route at a time, by anonymous standard OPO vehicles, amongst them the much-disliked 'bendy' buses.
The last day of crew operation on each of the last Routemaster-operated routes was characterised by splendid contributions from enthusiasts, museums and company showbuses to ensure that the quality and pride epitomised by traditional crew operation would never be forgotten. In Routemaster Requiem, the `London Bus Page' website author Matthew Wharmby has teamed up with well-known photographer and author Geoff Rixon to chronicle, in route conversion order, the dying days of the last Routemaster-operated routes, culminating in their proud finish on 9 December 2005, when the last buses on route 159 ran in to Brixton garage. Only a token 'heritage' service now remains to remind people of the days when London Transport's bus system was once the envy of the world.
Hardback, 96 pages, colour photographs
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Updated: 29 December 2021