Londoners took to the streets Friday to say a final farewell to a piece of the city's cultural identity as an iconic red double-decker bus made its last trip through the streets.

People flanked the route of bus 159 as the Routemaster bus made its journey from Oxford Street to the Brixton bus garage in south London.

The buses are known for their conductors and open rear platform that allow passengers to jump on and off even while the bus is moving.

But the very characteristics loved by so many have prompted the demise of the Routemaster. The design of the bus excluded many passengers, particularly commuters with disabilities.

While most of the Routemaster fleet has been replaced, a few will remain in operation primarily for tourists viewing sites along London's heritage routes.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, Reuters and AP.