By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Abu Dhabi: London’s iconic red double-decker bus was brought to Abu Dhabi and displayed at Masdar City on Tuesday.
The bus has been nicknamed “Boris Bus” after Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Johnson commissioned Wrightbus International, the UK-based bus manufacturer, in 2009 to build a cleaner and more efficient 21st century version of the Routemaster – London’s iconic red double-decker bus. The bus began service in 2012 and 600 of the low-emission hybrid buses have been ordered.
The bus was displayed as part of the official opening of the Wrightbus’ Middle East office in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. The company is taking part in the bidding process of the transport authorities in the UAE and other countries in the region to introduce the iconic buses in public transport networks.
Apart from fuel efficiency and environment-friendly features, the double-decker buses free up urban space [by providing greater passenger capacity], Damian McGarry, Managing Director of Wrightbus International, told Gulf News. More info