Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get Ready for Take-Off, a Space Age Routemaster Is on Its Way Back; All Aboard: Todd Hutton's Design, above, Includes a Large, Rounded Platform While the Copoco Bus Designed by Alan Ponsford Has a Separate Door for Wheelchairs and Pushchairs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Get Ready for Take-Off, a Space Age Routemaster Is on Its Way Back; All Aboard: Todd Hutton's Design, above, Includes a Large, Rounded Platform While the Copoco Bus Designed by Alan Ponsford Has a Separate Door for Wheelchairs and Pushchairs

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Byline: PIPPA CRERAR, KATHARINE BARNEY

LONDON'S new Routemaster came a step closer today as Boris Johnson unveiled the winning designs for the next generation of the bus.

A streamlined space-capsule bus, designed by car-maker Aston Martin and architect Lord Foster, and a Fifties-style vehicle by bus designer Capoco shared the top prize.

They will each be awarded [pounds sterling]25,000 although it was unclear whether their designs would have more than a glancing influence on the bus that ends up on London's streets.

Mr Johnson will set out the next steps in delivering his new bus during an awards ceremony in central London.

"When I launched the competition, I asked for stylish and imaginative designs which would resonate with Londoners," he said.

"We have had a phenomenal response, with ideas submitted from around the globe, and we now have, in our joint winners, two stunning designs that allow us to go forward and produce a truly iconic bus fit for 21st century London.

"I know that, like me, Londoners will be waiting eagerly to see how these ideas evolve into the final design that will appear on our roads." The winning designs will be passed on to bus manufacturers to develop into a final design. Transport for London expects to award a contract to build the first new bus for London towards the end of next year, with the first of the vehicles on the streets by 2011.

The Mayor initially said the new Routemasters would cost [pounds sterling]8 million to run with conductors but was later forced to admit the figure would be nearer [pounds sterling]100 million.

Routemasters were phased out by former Mayor Ken Livingstone amid concerns about accessibility as well as safety questions over the "hop-on, hopoff" platforms.

Mr Johnson made bringing in a new generation of the popular bus a key pledge of his election campaign. …

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