The Routemaster double-decker bus was specially designed to
operate in London.
The first Routemaster, RM1 ran in 1954. These buses did
not have all the comforts of more modern buses, but remained popular with
passengers in the centre of London, with their open platforms that enabled
passengers to get on and off between bus stops in the slow-moving traffic.
They were the last London's buses to operate with conductors.
More recent buses are all 'one man operated'.
Routemasters ran on normal services in London on December 9, 2005.