WHEN tonights last No507 bus pulls up in front of Waterloo station at 32 minutes past midnight, history will be made -- with the beginning of the end of Londons bendy buses. The 507 will be the first bendy bus route to return to normal operation as the 18-metre vehicles are phased out. When their Routemaster predecessors were withdrawn route by route, hun- dreds of bus enthusiasts turned out to witness their demise. But transport officials doubt there will be similar scenes greeting the last No 507. Were not expecting anybody, one said. Tomorrow, the nine buses on the 507 route will travel up the M1 to an airfield in Leicester- shire, where they will be prepared for sale elsewhere. It will leave 387 bendies on the capitals streets. By the end of the year the 38 and 521 routes will also be bendy-free and the remaining nine -- 12, 18, 25, 29, 73, 149, 207, 436 and 453 -- will have the buses removed by the end of 2011. Mayor Boris Johnson said: These writh- ing whales of the road have swung their hefty rear ends round our corners for the final time. Pedestrians who leapt, cyclists who skidded and drivers who dodged from the path of the 507 will breathe easier this weekend. Bendy buses on other routes are on borrowed time. The 507 route will get 15 specially commissioned, 12 metre-long single-deckers, which hold up to 96 people, and the new genera- tion Routemaster is to be tried out by the end of 2011. Bendies were introduced in 2001 and touted as an answer to con- gestion but critics say they are more danger- ous to pedestrians and cyclists than other buses. 18 Friday, 24 July 2009 London Lite Routeaxesdangerousvehicles by GeroGina littlejohn Criticised: Hirst with bejewelled skull Hirstfliesintoarowoverhis barbaric butterfly bicycle Pleased: Mr Johnson Last stop: its final day for 507 bendies HE GOT away with suspending a shark in formaldehyde, studding a skull with diamonds, pickling sheep and cutting up cows, but Damien Hirst was today accused of horrific barbarity for decorating a bicycle with the wings of hundreds of dead butterflies. The artist created the bike for cyclist Lance Armstrong to ride in the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris on Sunday. Armstrong is competing after recovering from cancer and the bike will be auctioned for his charity. However, animal rights campaigners today claimed the bike ruined the very essence of Armstrongs spirit. Hirsts company would not comment on where the butterflies came from but in previous projects the artist has had insects bred specially. He defended the project as a great opportunity to work with someone I admire. Beginning of the endy for bendy buses Wing it: Lance Armstrong is to ride bike in Tour de France index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html