First New Bus for London arrives
The first of eight prototype vehicles will enter service on route 38 from 20 February, between Hackney and Victoria - one of the busiest in London.
It is the first bus designed specifically for the streets of London in more than 50 years and has been built by specialist engineers at the Wrightbus factory in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
In just under two years the bus has gone from the drawing board to a fully functioning prototype.
A team of 25 engineers and a 40 strong production team have worked on the first prototypes.
The vehicles incorporate the most innovative hybrid technology and will be the most environmentally-friendly bus of its kind when it enters passenger service.
Design features include three entrances and a double staircase to deliver the speediest possible boarding for passengers; and an open platform at the rear, in common with the iconic Routemaster.
The buses include features such as a wheelchair ramp on the centre door to enable the easiest possible access for wheelchair users. There is also priority seating with space for assistance dogs.
Transport for London Commissioner Peter Hendy said: 'This bus has been designed from the wheels up with the complex needs of Londoners in mind, it truly is a 21st century bus.
'It's stylish and comfortable, and will ensure a smooth ride for all on board as well as an eye-catching spectacle for those who will see it glide through the streets of London.'