The Routemaster has returned to the UK's streets with a makeover by Thomas Heatherwick.

This article titled “The Routemaster’s triumphant return to London” was written by Justin McGuirk, for on Thursday 23rd February 2012 11.23 UTC

It is known simply as “the new bus for London”, but the vehicle that enters service on Monday is essentially the return of that much-loved London icon the Routemaster. This symbol of the capital was retired in 2005 and consigned to a ghoulish afterlife on countless mugs and T-shirts. Mayor Boris Johnson pledged to bring it back, and so he has. Our mayor may have no strategic vision for the city, but he has a talent for the popular gesture – and Routemaster II is one. Being able to hop on and off the back of an open bus is a Londoner’s birthright, he might argue, so get hopping. But what is more encouraging about this move is the demonstrative return of good design to the capital’s infrastructure.

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