The New Routemaster, out of favour since Sadiq Khan succeeded Boris Johnson as Mayor of London in 2016, could be back in the public eye as Johnson — now foreign secretary — uses it to advance his case for a 22mile crossroad bridge between England and France. He regards the New Routemaster as one of the most lasting achievements of his eight years at City Hall, with 1,000 on the streets of the UK capital providing a daily backdrop to outside television broadcasts and retaining the potential for busy Londoners to hop on and off between stops.

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