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Free ride on a Routemaster as part of Jubilee Celebration

This weekend you can ride a Routemaster for free as more than 100 Iconic Routemaster Buses gather in Central London for the Routemaster Diamond Jubilee Celebration. More than 130 are booked to appear at the event this weekend.

The event at Finsbury Park will also feature different buses from the past century from the 1020s to the modern day Routemaster.

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One of London's last Routemaster services under threat

Plans have been revealed to scrap one of the last services using traditional Routemaster buses.

Two Routemaster Buses in Trafalgar Square Credit: Press Association

Transport bosses say the Number 9H service between Trafalgar Square and Kensington High Street is "relatively expensive to operate".

London Transport Routemaster bus at Ludgate Hill in 2002 Credit: Press Association

The withdrawal of the iconic double decker would leave the Number 15H route between Tower Hill and Trafalgar Square as the sole survivor

Route will be 3rd to run entirely with New Bus

The New Bus for London Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Route 9 will be served by the New Bus for London - also known as the 'Boris Bus' - which has a conductor and the same hop-on hop-off feature as the old Routemaster.

The route - which runs from Hammersmith to Aldwych will get 22 of the new buses from Saturday. 16,000 people use the route every day.

Route 9 joins routes 24 and 11 which are already run entirely with a fleet of New Buses.

Route 390 will become part of the exclusive group on 9 December.

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Woman fights for life after falling from back of bus

A woman has been left seriously injured after falling off the back of one of London's new Routemaster buses. The passenger fell from the platform of the double decker in Kentish Town this morning on the No24 route near Malden Crescent.

One of the main reasons why hop-on hop-off buses were phased out of London's transport system years ago was that they are not appropriate for a modern, accessible public transport system.

The second staff member whose job it is to guard the back platform comes at a cost of £62,000 per bus per year - £37m in total across the 600 buses in operation - but even with this extra staff member, a passenger fell onto the road and suffered serious injuries.

– Darren Johnson AM, Transport Committee Member

Royal couple visit Routemaster factory

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have been getting a taste of London while touring Northern Ireland.

They've paid a visit to the factory where the capital's new fleet of Routemaster buses is being built.

More than £200 million is being spent on 600 ultra-low carbon double-deckers.

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