Can you imagine London without its red buses? Your answer must definitely be no. So, where do they come from? Today we would like to share with you some information about the history of these buses.
In fact, we can with no doubt say that today these red buses have already turned to be a symbol of London. How we remember Paris when we see Eiffel Tower or New York When we see The Statue of Liberty, in the same way these double-deckers can remind us of London. According to some statistics, London is the city with so extensive use of buses that more than half of all bus journeys across England are made in London.
According to Transport for London, 2.4 billion passenger journeys were made on buses between April 2014 and March 2015. This is a whole billion more people than used the Tube network during the same period.
Buses have been used on London’s streets since the early 1800s. One of the first public bus services was operated by an enterprising fellow named George Shillibeer, who began ferrying people about using his horse-drawn omnibus which he ran between Paddington and the City.His clever idea caught on, and soon, London was bus town.By 1855, the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC) was born, and soon official buses were available to the public.
The last horse drawn public bus service in London ran on October 25th 1911.After horses, London flirted with the concept of steam-powered buses for a bit, but by 1909, motor buses were the new kids on the block.
The fist of these famous buses with their current look appeared on London’s streets in about 1939 known as Regent models. Afterwards, London’s most famous bus – the routemaster came out. The first models were delivered in 1954, and production continued right up until 1968. It is a design classic, and was continuously in service until 2005. Over a thousand remain in existence, and TfL still operates a “heritage route” using an old Routemaster. Nowadays, there are several modern models running on the streets of London.
A hundred years it has been, and despite the building of the London Underground and the indispensable Emirates cable car, we’re still dependent on these brutes.