The Anonymous Widower

Should New Routemasters Be Named?

I know they’re not called New Routemasters officially, but will they ever be called anything else?

I think all of the buses should be individually named, perhaps in series to reflect the area they run through.

After all, there a lot of Londoners to name them after.

If we take the 38 route, famous people with strong Hackney connections who would be suitable might include.

Edmond Halley

Barbara Windsor

Alfred Hitchcock

Michael Caine

Jessica Tandy

Phillips Idowu

I would like the list to be quirky and slightly educational and without any trace of politicians or jobsworths.

They could also be named indirectly. So for instance Edmond Halley might be commemorated by a bus named Halley’s Comet or Jessica Tandy, who was born in Clapton, by one called Miss Daisy. And then what about The Italian Job for Michael Caine, after all one of the stars was a coach.

Local heroes would be allowed, like the named after Dave Gardner.

December 17, 2011 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. Harold Pinter. Apparently he said a writer who stops taking buses is likely to lose touch with the people’s speech.

    Possibly I owe my existence to the 38, as family legend has it my father’s parents met in the top deck of one.

    Comment by Marc | December 17, 2011 | Reply

    • What about Lord Bowen? He is apparently credited with the first legal use of the man on the Clapham Omnibus.

      AT least you wern’t conceived on a 38 bus. I suspect though, you wouldn’t be in a club of one.

      Comment by AnonW | December 17, 2011 | Reply

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