On 9 December 2005, Londons famous red Routemaster buses were finally decommissioned and taken off the city streets after 50 years of service. Two converted vehicles have been sent by London charity Teardrop Relief to Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka to help the local orphans affected by the 26 December 2004 Tsunami. One of the Routemasters has been transformed into a play centre and the other into a medical clinic that can test childrens sight and hearing. According to the BBC, 350 Routemasters have already been sold off for transformation into bars and homeless shelters. Those wishing to ride the Routemaster can still do so in London on special heritage routes from Trafalgar Square to Tower Hill and from the Royal Albert Hall to Aldwych.
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