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Routemaster - in London 2004

independent transport videos have captured the day to day running of the ROUTEMASTERS in London in this film taken during June and July 2004.  All the routes still operated by the type have been recorded - centered on the West End of London, the heart of Routemaster operation for over 40 years.

Our first filming session starts at the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street where Routemasters are seen heading in all directions.  As we head along Oxford Street, many are filmed in the inevitable jams that seem to be there at all times.  Oxford Circus is another major intersection with Routemasters  coming from all directions.  Further along we reach Marble Arch where the 159 and 390 routes terminate.  We continue the chase with plenty of activity around the gyratory system at Knightsbridge ably assisted by some gas main repair works that reduce the traffic flow to a single lane.  From Knightsbridge, a gentle walk up to Hyde Park Corner brings us to one of the busiest Routemaster intersections with eight routes at a time crossing at this point.  The day’s filming is concluded at Victoria which seems to be in a state of gridlock with an empty bus station and a number of 38’s turning short in Buckingham Palace Road in an attempt to make up lost time.

Our second session starts on Westminster Bridge with various well known London landmarks providing a backdrop to the Routemasters on the 12 and 159 routes.  From Parliament Square we record the openness of Whitehall up to Trafalgar Square where four Routemaster routes intersect.  We continue following the buses through to Piccadilly Circus which is the other major Routemaster hub (eight routes) left.  Shaftsbury Avenue to Cambridge Circus and Piccadilly as far as Green Park are the only 100% Routemaster roads left in London which are featured on this occasion.  Our final piece of film captures activity at Sloane Square which includes the 137 on the last day of Routemaster operation.

 Sit back and enjoy nearly 2 hours of action featuring this great London icon celebrating its 50th Birthday in 2004.

 Filmed :  2004
 Duration :  112 minutes (approx).
 Price :  Within UK - 16
   Rest of world - 18
 Format :  DVD -R
 Order Ref :  D048

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