LONDON’S new Routemaster bus edged a stop closer to hitting the streets today, when Boris Johnson unveiled a full-sized model.

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“It is wonderful to see that those two-dimensional designs we unveiled in May have been forged into this amazing bus,” said Johnson.

“I cannot wait to be launching the buses when they first enter public service in 2012.”

“Standing on the rear platform of this delectable bus brings back a sense of nostalgia, but conversely also demonstrates the quintessence of the latest technology and design, making this bus fit for the 21st century.”

A new Routemaster was one of the pledges Johnson made in his campaign to become London Mayor two years ago.

Designed as a modern take – complete with conductors – on the famous original Routemasters that became one of London’s most recognisable icons, the new bus has been developed to replace the widely unpopular ‘Bendy’ buses.