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Red Nose Day: Bus users in Romford and Upminster take a trip back in time on vintage 248 Routemaster

11:24 18 March 2013

The vintage bus heading up Corbets Tey Road to Upminster Station on Red Nose Day

The vintage bus heading up Corbets Tey Road to Upminster Station on Red Nose Day

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A Routemaster bus took travellers on a nostalgia trip in aid of Comic Relief.

The iconic bus, pictured here on Corbets Tey Road, ran on the 248 route every hour between Upminster Station and Romford Market on Friday. It was one of three rolled out across the capital to raise cash for charity.

Routemasters, introduced in the mid-1950s, were finally withdrawn from London’s streets in 2005.

But as the vintage vehicle turned back the clock, time was ticking – journeys between Upminster and Romford took 25 minutes, seven more than they would on a modern 248.

Stagecoach ran the journeys free of charge, but invited travellers to drop cash into a donation box. The move made £220 for Red Nose Day.

Did you take the bus or snap any pictures of it on its journey? Get in touch by e-mailing ramzy.alwakeel@archant.co.uk and you could see your words and pictures featured on our website.

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