Red Nose Day: Bus users in Romford and Upminster take a trip back in time on vintage 248 Routemaster
11:24 18 March 2013
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Routemasters, introduced in the mid-1950s, were finally withdrawn from London’s streets in 2005.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.
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