Snipe - The Scoop

Thursday, 2 October 2008

The Next Generation Routemaster Designs are in

Design by ADG
Design by Rafal Kudranski 
Design by ADG


TfL say they have received 'around 470' entries for the draw-a-Routemaster competition. The winner will be 'quickly' chosen by a panel of six led by Kulveer Ranger. 

16 comments:

The Troll said...

...and thanks to Ewan for finding the entrant from Poland.

bobbin said...

I like the third one. Come to think of it, couldn't they just use one of the next-generation bendy tube trains?

The Troll said...

Tsk tsk Bobbin. I assume you are referring to Boris's own patented, revolutionary, radical, air-conditioned Ken-busting, super trains quickly rolled out across all the major transport hubs?

prj45 said...

That last one with the back of the bendy wrapped over the top is sheer class.

Tom said...

Watch for it illustrating an article about 'HOW BENDY BUSES WILL KILL YOUR CHILDREN IF YOU DON'T VOTE REPUBLICAN' *real soon now*.

Anonymous said...

ha ha very funny ha ha. Londoners are going to be laughing much harder once the last bendy firetrap is pensioned off. I can't wait.

The Troll said...

Why wait when you can start laughing now?

North Briton Hunter said...

I love the old Routemasters but is it really a good use of our money to pursue this Boris vanity project?

And as for Kulveer Ranger, apart from not coming up with the Oystercard, what qualifies him to judge on the design of a bus?

Must have had Tonkas and Matchbox as a child I suppose.

The Troll said...

'apart from coming up with the Oyster card'

It turned out that he didn't even do that.

Tom said...

Being a car loving Thatcherite is considered sufficient qualification by the neocon brains trust behind this boondoggle.

Mark Lee said...

Interesting that Boris Watch estimates that replacing the bendies will result in an additional £60m operational costs per year for TfL, based on London Travelwatch research on the first three routes up for tender.

http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/boriswatchuk/~3/407648180/

I'll be amazed to see how Boris convinces the electorate that a vanity project with no passenger benefits is "value for money" at this price.

The Troll said...

Well we should find out soon. His draft transport strategy and the Routemaster design winner will be announced before the end of next month.

It will be interesting to see if their cost analysis is the same as Travelwatch's.

vic allen said...

Given Boris's complete loss of direction, I'm betting on his new bus being a three-part bendy bus.
After all, it's operating costs can be reduced by 33% and the capital costs will be just 50% - all you need to do is add a carriage to the existing buses. If you think I'm bonkers, it's the obvious solution if allwe are concerned about is cutting costs.

The Troll said...

Be careful Vic, you will give the bendy Jihadists a scare.

Anonymous said...

There's a certain mad nobility in this blog's obsessive support for the most unpopular vehicles in London. What's next - a campaign to rehabilitate Rose West?

The Troll said...

tasteful