How this came about
As you can imagine, my children spend a lot of time with our Lego collection. Recently, they asked me to build them a Lego bus based on those seen in London, following a trip to the capital and the result was the bus you can see here.
The outside has used Lego Bricks to replicate the style of the New Bus for London whilst the internals allows minifigs to be seated. There is also a wheelchair space for those with mobility issues. The roof and top deck can be removed to enable access to the lower deck which means that it is easy to allow people to sit downstairs. The destination panel is blank to allow customisation, either by Lego or the user.
Because there is nothing else like this out there, I’ve decided to ask Lego to make it a set available to others. I believe that this would sit well on the shelves of the Transport Museum and in Lego Stores around the world. What I need next is 10,000 “supporters” – people who agree that it’s a good idea. This does not mean you have to buy it. It only asks you to sign up to the Lego Ideas website, support the idea and answer 3 questions. You won’t be bombarded to buy the product afterwards.
Click here to open the Lego Ideas New Bus for London page
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Blunder Boris Bus
Its not a secret but I have never really said this:
I do not approve of the Boris Bus
Why? It looks iconic, it has DDA compliance and will be excellent for boarding and draw tourists attention… The routemaster was iconic for that and in its hayday people considered it to be the best for its job.
But that was its hayday. And this is now.
All London buses require dual doors, which means when they finish their working life in London, they need to be converted to single door and preferably have the access retained for wheelchairs.
But in some counties, dual door buses cannot be used on contract services. There is a firm requirement for single door vehicles, as the county may not support the infrastructure for dual door vehicles.
So, my worry begins to show – what will the impact be on future bus cascades? We are already beginning to see cascades of ex-London vehicles and this is only set to grow. The question is now, will Boris realise the greater impact for outside London and also the environmental impact of scrapping these buses after, instead of recycling them for a bit more life out of them?
Perhaps he can’t see past the vanity mirror on his own cab…
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