Double-decker buses – this is one of the most distinctive features of London, it is easy to associate with this city, a symbol of history and the stability of the British capital. But even this classic element of London’s recently suffered a major change. For example, in the streets of the city recently appeared its first hybrid double-decker.
While a variety of craftsmen come up, how to use the old, outmoded London double-deckers (remember The Bicycle Library in one of them), others are creating new options and new double-decker buses. An example of the last – a hybrid double-decker buses from the company Heatherwick Studio, the first instance of which appeared recently on the streets of London.
In developing of design of the new London double-decker Heatherwick Studio was based on the appearance of the classic double-decker Routemaster 1954, the year of issue, the most recognizable coaches in the world. Of the changes to that meter can be called unless a special form of driver’s window, which allows it to have a much larger survey in front, behind and from the curb, as well as a more streamlined shape.
From an open area in the production of double-decker Heatherwick Studio decided to give up. Buses from Heatherwick Studio has three doors and two staircases for embarkation and disembarkation of passengers. Moreover, the back door and made ??it wider platform, which should allow people to jump in dabldeker on the move (again, to traditions).
A large number of transparent glass elements into the evening will use natural light for interior lighting of the bus. The design and technological innovations made ??by Heatherwick Studio, led to this double-decker consumes 15 percent less fuel than other hybrid buses, and 40 percent less than the classical diesel Routemaster’y.
So far the streets of London goes only one hybrid double-decker from Heatherwick Studio. But soon there will be a few dozen of these vehicles.