The "new" Routemaster From Wikipedia: The New Bus for London is a planned 21st Century replacement of the iconic Routemaster as a bus built specifically for use in London. It is to be built by Wrightbus, and will feature the 'hop-on hop-off' rear open platform of the original Routemaster, but will meet the requirements for modern buses to be fully accessible, and will incorporate an electric hybrid driveline. A prototype is expected to be on the road by late 2011, with the first buses due to enter service in early 2012, in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The design for the new bus features three doors and two staircases to be able to use a rear platform and allow accessible boarding. Unlike the original standard RM Routemaster used in central London, the new bus has a conventional flat front end and a rear platform that can be closed when not needed, rather than the protruding bonneted 'half cab' design and permanently open platform, to allow the bus to be operated by one driver in off peak times.