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Mayor of London

Year of the Bus

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2014 will see a number of anniversaries which will help us tell this story. It's been 60 years since the creation of the iconic Routemaster, 75 years since the launch of the RT-Type bus and 100 years since the world's first mass-produced motor bus, the B-Type 'Battle Bus' that carried soldiers to the frontline during the First World War.

Our buses are the arteries of the capital, moving large numbers of people around the city - across the centre and to the extremities. They have affected great social change and continue to offer a lifeline to a diverse range of Londoners. Buses also support the needs of our growing city and in turn help London to function as the engine room of the UK's economy.

London is naturally proud of its bus network, one of the largest and most accessible in the world. Despite its size, the bus network remains flexible and able to adapt to the challenges of operating in a constantly changing streetscape.

To meet the future needs of the city, while minimising the environmental impact, we are using innovation and new green technology. Our fleet is already one of the cleanest in the UK, but we're constantly striving to see how new technology can further reduce our impact on the environment.

Photo gallery

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, launches the Year of the Bus, unveiling a specially commissioned silver-painted New Routemaster and a limited edition Year of the Bus Oyster card.

Anniversary gifts and souvenirs on sale

A range of gifts and souvenirs inspired by London's iconic bus fleet are available from the London Transport Museum shop.

Juergen Teller - Bus Stops exhibition

We teamed up with art gallery Annin Arts during London Fashion Week (14-23 February 2014) to present the first ever public photographic exhibition on the roofs of bus stop shelters in London.

The exhibition, titled 'Bus Stops', by celebrated fashion photographer and artist Juergen Teller featured ten images on ten bus stops along the Strand.

The images featured well-known faces such as Kate Moss, Bjork and Dame Vivienne Westwood. The images were available exclusively to people sitting on the top deck of the bus. See a selection of photos in our photo gallery above.

Our sponsors

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The Year of the Bus is supported by and delivered in partnership with Exterion Media, Abellio, Arriva London, Clear Channel, Go-Ahead London, Metroline, RATP Dev UK Limited, Stagecoach, Wrightbus, Optare and telent Technology Services.

Sculpture trails

In partnership with Wild in Art, the Year of the Bus Sculpture Trails have brought businesses and artists together to create a series of sculpture trails across London's public spaces.

Our videos
Throughout the year, famous faces tell us what London buses mean to them, and our staff talk about their working days. See all our videos for the Year of the Bus.
How we invest
Each day a fleet of 8,600 buses operate across 700 bus routes, serving 19,500 bus stops and carrying 6.5 million passengers a day - more than the rest of England combined.