Ini adalah contoh yang unik dan menarik ketika sebuah kota seperti London sangat terbuka dan mengerti bahwa sebuah kota memerlukan bus yang iconic yang sangat London untuk itu designer muda dari negara tersebut Thomas Heatherwick berhasil merealisasikan desain rancangannya untuk sebuah icon baru Bis masa depan untuk London, Lalu kapan Jakarta sampai ke titik itu ya? mari kita perjuangkan bersama. (budi Pradono)
In January 2010, Heatherwick Studio joined the team leading the design of a New Bus for London. The project marks the first time in more than 50 years that TFL has commissioned and overseen the development of a bus built specifically for the capital.
Working alongside specialist bus manufacturer, Wrightbus, The new bus incorporates the most innovative and cutting-edge hybrid technology and will be the most environmentally friendly bus of its kind when it enters passenger service.
The external design has been developed to reflect the functional requirements of the vehicle. A long asymmetric front window provides the driver with clear kerbside views, while a wrapped glazing panel reflects passenger circulation – bringing more daylight into the bus and offering views out over London.
By incorporating an open platform at its rear, the bus reinstates one of the much-loved features of the 1950s Routemaster which offered a ‘hop-on hop-off’ service. Hop-on-hop-off platform at the back of the bus will be in use only when a conductor is on board. The new design will also have three doors and two staircases. The three sets of doors will ensure easy access on and off the bus and quick access up to the upper deck via the two staircases.
In engineering terms, the New Bus for London will be 15 per cent more fuel efficient than the existing hybrid buses and 40 per cent more efficient than conventional diesel double-deckers.
In tests at Millbrook Proving Ground, the engineering test vehicle emitted only 640 grams per kilometre (g/km) of carbon dioxide and 3.96 g/km of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) – less than half of the carbon dioxide emitted by a current diesel bus (1295g/km) and under half of the NOx emitted by a current diesel bus (9.3g/km). In testing, fuel economy was also better than twice that of a standard diesel bus at 11.6mpg
Thomas Heatherwick said: “It has been 50 years since a bus was last designed and commissioned specifically for London. This has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a team to look again at the opportunities for a new open-platform bus. It has been an honour to be asked by London’s transport authority to take an integrated approach and design everything that you see and experience from the outside down to the tiniest details of the interior.”
Designs for the new bus were unveiled by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in May 2010. The full-size mock up of the new Bus for London has now been relocated to the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden and will be on display until June 2011. A prototype, developed and manufactured by Wrightbus, has just been delivered in November 2011 and the first five buses are due to enter passenger service in early 2012.
Above photo is by Iwan Baan
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