The New Bus for London, the replacement for the iconic Routemaster and a key part of Boris Johnson’s 2008 Mayor of London election manifesto, will be on the Capital’s streets early next year prompting Corgi to launch a new collection of scale models, toys and key rings.
The New Bus for London has been designed, from scratch, specifically for use in London. Exciting new features include a swooping window design, curved edges, front and rear staircases, three entrances and high environmental credentials.
The pioneering design also draws inspiration from the original Routemaster’s instantly recognisable red paintwork as well as the traditional hop on, hop off open rear platform – both of which will be reproduced in Corgi’s new range.
Corgi’s model bus will be available in a selection of scales – including the popular ‘fit the box’ sized toy as well as collectables at 1:76 scale. The model will also be available as a die-cast key ring. Prices start from £6.99.
Hornby chief executive, Frank Martin, commented: “This is a very exciting partnership for Corgi and TfL. We have poured 55 years of experience into the New Bus for London model and the die cast key rings will allow both Londoners and tourists to keep a modern memento of Britain’s capital with them wherever they go.”